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October 2, 2019

His Cup, Our Cup

“He…fell on His face, and prayed, saying, "O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me…” (Matthew 26:39)

On the night before Jesus went to the cross, He fell on His face in the garden of Gethsemane, and with vehement cries and tears, prayed to His Father, “…if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me…” So profound was His agony over the prospect that was before Him, that His sweat became like great drops of blood falling to the ground beneath Him (Luke 22:44).

It's impossible for us to comprehend the magnitude of Christ’s anguish over “the cup” He was about to drink. He prayed three times that God would take it away. The answer from heaven was silence, reminding us that there was no other way for our sins to be atoned for.

What was “the cup” that Jesus so abhorred? In the Bible, the cup is often referred to and pictured as God’s judgment. For example, Psalm 11:6 declares, “Upon the wicked He will rain coals; Fire and brimstone and a burning wind shall be the portion of their cup.” Similarly, Isaiah writes, “Awake, awake! Stand up, O Jerusalem, You who have drunk at the hand of the LORD the cup of His fury; You have drunk the dregs of the cup of trembling, And drained it out” (Isaiah 51:17).

The cup Jesus was about to drink was God’s judgment for sins. Whose sins? Not His. He was the sinless Son of God. It was God’s judgment and wrath for our sins that He must drink, and He drank it all. He drank the cup we deserved, and offers us another cup referred to in the Psalms as the cup of salvation: “What shall I render to the LORD For all His benefits toward me? I will take up the cup of salvation, And call upon the name of the LORD” (Psalm 116:12).

Hallelujah, what a Savior!

Question: Have you taken this cup of salvation? “Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on them” (John 3:36).

Challenge: Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ!

Prayer: Thank you Lord Jesus, for taking the judgment that was mine.

James Fullan, Chapel Leader -- Clinton LumberKings

Baseball Chapel
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