Has the Holy Grail been found? The legendary chalice that Christ is said to have used in the Last Supper has been shrouded in mystery for centuries. But historians now say the jewel-encrusted goblet has been in plain sight – sitting in a Spanish basilica.
ABC News on April 1 details how “two historians claim that this is the cup that Jesus drank from at the Last Supper. It had been on display in a church in Spain. The onyx goblet is now encased in a gold chalice.”
Grail historians spent three years researching the history of the cup, and co-wrote a book released last week entitled “Los Reyes del Grial,” which translates to “The Kings of the Grail,” the Irish Times reported.
The cup has been within the keep of Leon’s basilica of Saint Isidore since the 11th century, the historians claim.
The two researchers, Margarita Torres and Jose Manuel Ortega del Rio, say that their study of Egyptian scrolls reveals the fate of the grail – it was allegedly stolen by Muslims out of Jerusalem and taken to Egypt, then sold to Spanish King Ferdinand I as a gift, ultimately ending up in the basilica.
“This has been an incredibly popular endeavor to try to find something that Jesus touched,” says Dr. Robert Cargill, an assistant professor of religious studies at the University of Iowa.
Cargill, like many, is skeptical of this latest claim to have found the grail.
“I don't think we'll ever find the Holy Grail,” he explained. “Even if we had it, there would be no way to confirm it was the grail.”
According to Bible canon, the cup was used by Jesus in instituting the Lord’s Evening Meal, celebrated on Nisan 14, 33 C.E. with his faithful Apostles just a few hours before he died. The special "meal," coming after the Passover supper of roasted lamb, unleavened bread and bitter greens, was the introduction of a special way Jesus asked that his followers commemorate his death and its significance.
After sharing the bread, which stood for Christ's perfect body, he shared the red wine.
And taking a cup, he offered thanks and gave it to them, saying: “Drink out of it, all of you, for this means my ‘blood of the covenant,’ which is to be poured out in behalf of many for forgiveness of sins.” – Mathew 26:27,28
Jesus’ blood was “poured out” for the benefit of many who would receive forgiveness of their sins – a ransom sacrifice to offset the wages of sin.
Perhaps the focus should be on the teachings and death of Jesus, as opposed to a cup he may have drank from.