Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Jesus' Cup

Jesus Arrested

John 18:1-11 NIV

1When He had finished praying, Jesus left with His disciples and crossed the Kidron Valley. On the other side there was an olive grove, and He and His disciples went into it.

2Now Judas, who betrayed Him, knew the place, because Jesus had often met there with His disciples. 3So Judas came to the grove, guiding a detachment of soldiers and some officials from the chief priests and Pharisees. They were carrying torches, lanterns and weapons.

4Jesus, knowing all that was going to happen to Him, went out and asked them, “Who is it you want?”

5“Jesus of Nazareth,” they replied.

“I am He,” Jesus said. (And Judas the traitor was standing there with them.) 6 When Jesus said, “I am He,” they drew back and fell to the ground.

7Again He asked them, “Who is it you want?”

And they said, “Jesus of Nazareth.”

8“I told you that I am He,” Jesus answered. “If you are looking for Me, then let these men go.”

9 This happened so that the words He had spoken would be fulfilled: “I have not lost one of those you gave Me.”

10Then Simon Peter, who had a sword, drew it and struck the high priest’s servant, cutting off his right ear. (The servant’s name was Malchus.)

11 Jesus commanded Peter, “Put your sword away! Shall I not drink the cup the Father has given Me?

Jesus Taken to Annas

John 18:12-14 NIV

12Then the detachment of soldiers with its commander and the Jewish officials arrested Jesus. They bound Him 13and brought Him first to Annas, who was the father-in-law of Caiaphas, the high priest that year.

14Caiaphas was the one who had advised the Jews that it would be good if one man died for the people.

Verse 11:

Shall I not drink the cup the Father has given Me?

The cup the Father has given Me : By the cup is meant, the wrath of God, and punishment due to sin, endured by Christ in His sufferings, and is said to be given Him by His Father; because He called Him to these sufferings, they were appointed and determined by Him; yes, He was even ordered, and commanded by His Father, to drink of this cup; justice mixed it up, and put it into His hands; and He took it as coming from His Father, Who delighted in seeing Him drink it up, a cup of trembling and astonishment, of curse, and not of blessing, of wrath and fury.

Christ, as Man, pleaded, that, if it were possible, this cup (His Sufferings) might pass from Him. As Mediator, He submitted to the will of the Father.

Mark 14:36

“Abba, Father, He said, “everything is possible for You. Take this cup from Me. Yet not what I will, but what You will.””

That’s what shows how the Son was obedient to the Father during the days of His life on earth. He offered up prayers and petitions with loud cries and tears to the One Who could save Him from death, and He was heard because of His reverent submission.

We don’t need to drink this cup (Christ’s Sufferings and Death to pay our debts) again because the Lord drank it in our place at Calvary.

But the Lord asks us to give a cup of water in His Name to our Christian brothers and sisters when they are thirsty.

Mark 9:41

“I tell you the truth, anyone who gives you a cup of water in My Name because you belong to Christ will certainly not lose his reward.”

Can we do that?

Yes, we can.


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