This is Easter Week and I wonder what you know about the cup Jesus had to drink. Do you ever hear a sermon that inspires your faith in God to new levels? I do…every Sunday a Brighton Chapel. Pastor Rustin used a visual aid by bringing in his favorite cup that he uses for coffee every morning. He shared how he looks forward to his first cup of coffee in the morning flavored with French Vanilla creamer. It’s a pleasant start for the day.
Then he reminded us of Jesus’ cup, the one that Jesus asked the Father to remove. In Matthew 26, Jesus was overwhelmed with sorrow and said, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.”
Have you ever wondered what exactly was in the cup that caused Jesus to be so distraught? What was so distasteful about this cup? Rustin explained that Jesus knew what He would be facing at the cross, all the violence, false accusations, betrayal, rejection, humiliation, flogging and the excruciating pain of the crucifixion…all these awaited Him… in the cup. Beyond that, He would be carrying the overwhelming load of all the sin of the entire world, the very sin that beckoned God’s wrath. The One who knew no sin would literally become sin. II Cor. 5:21, “He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”
Did you catch the good news at the end of that verse? Jesus chose to drink the cup of God’s wrath so that we could be free to enjoy God’s righteousness, his mercy and grace. Jesus laid down His life so that He could give us the cup of the New Covenant, so that we would never have to fear God’s wrath. Romans 5:9, “Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him.” Jesus loves us so much that while we were yet sinners, He died for us. What an amazing cup He drank so that we could drink from the cup of new life in Him with all the benefits of salvation.