[CF Devotionals] 2012-04-05 - This Cup

Matt 26:39 And He went a little beyond them, and fell on His face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; yet not as I will, but as You will.” (NASB)

Jesus had only recently shared the cup of the first communion at the Last Supper with His disciples. It is a reminder that we are instructed to perform regularly so that we do not lose sight of what would be done on the cross in a very short time. The relationship between the two cups is both crystal clear and in ways paradoxical. The later cup is the catalyst for the first. One is a reminder of agape. The other is a reminder of debt we could never pay.

Jesus goes to the Garden of Gethsemane to pray. As our model, in His times of great trial prayer is first on the list. Now Jesus faces a very different cup that must be finished to the bitter dregs at the bottom. Jesus puts his request before the Father with the understanding that Jesus' will is subservient to the will of the Father in the final decision.

This is the time that has been waited for since eternity past. Before the creation, God Who knows the end from the beginning knew that mankind would rebel and fall.When Adam and Eve hid from God and the Lord called out to Adam asking where they were, He knew. When the Lord asked Cain where Able was, He knew. Jesus knew where Judas was going and why. He knows every stumble and sin that you and I, and everyone who has ever lived, lives now or will live before His blessed return have committed. That was all in the cup mixed to full strength. Jesus had never experienced sin, but all of these were piled on Him for us, and for Him.

This was the critical moment in temporal history that the power of sin would be crushed and death would be defeated. But this cup, the whips, the thorns, the splinters, the nails, and the jeering and mocking from those Jesus had come to save had to be consumed to the last by the Lord. You and I added our portion to the cup that nailed Him to the cross.

His love for us held Jesus there. Today we stop and ponder the love that suffered and withstood the cross and the tomb to save us while we were still His enemies. (1 John 4:10)

And This Is Love

And this is love, not that I have first loved you
And this is love, that you have first loved me
And you gave up your life, one perfect sacrifice
And this is love, that you have first loved me

You did not wait for me to make myself worthy
You did not wait for me to make a good righteous state
For there was nothing I could do, in sin I had died
Yet your love conquered death and raised me to your side

And this is love not that I have first loved you
And this is love that you have first loved me
And you gave up your life, one perfect sacrifice
And this is love, that you have first loved me.

Words: William C. Dix, The Manger Throne, 1865.
Music: Greensleeves, 16th Century English melody

Grace & Peace,
Mike

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