The incident in bold above took place in the upper room in Jerusalem on the night before Jesus willingly submitted himself to crucifixion as a criminal. Unlike the Kaiser and his Imperial Chancellor.
In particular, “Now, while they were eating, Jesus, ….. took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave to them, saying, “Drink of it, all of you for this - being poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins - is my covenant blood.”” Covenant blood. Contract blood. Armistice-type blood.
A covenant is a special type of formal, enforceable contract. A covenant is signed by only one party. It has to be signed or sealed in a formal way because the one who signs has obligations towards others whilst those others have no reciprocal obligations whatsoever and only receive the benefits.
Under the World War One Amnesty, defeated Germany had all the obligations whilst the allies had the benefits (which had cost the allies dearly). Under the covenant in Jesus’ blood, he willingly had all the obligations and sinners have the benefits (which cost them nothing). He indicated very clearly that his covenant benefits would all flow to others. “Drink of it.” “For many,” he said.
In the upper room in Jerusalem in AD 30, Jesus made it abundantly clear that he was going, willingly and expressing thankfulness, to drink the cup which he had decided to drink. Jesus inside was giving thanks as he was preparing to go under, to be defeated and killed by the religious, political and military leaders of his day.
Back to World War one. The formerly-strong Central Powers, by November 1918, had had their actual extreme weakness displayed. They were defeated. But had that defeat changed their bellicose leaders inside?