A Cup, a Cross, and a Savior

Painting_of_Christ_in_GethsemaneMat 26:36-39 “Then cometh Jesus with them unto a place called Gethsemane, and saith unto the disciples, Sit ye here, while I go and pray yonder. And he took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be sorrowful and very heavy. Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me. And he went a little farther, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.”

We have the son of God praying to the Father. This is the dual nature of God, both man and God. As a man, Jesus was born as a baby. He increased in wisdom and stature. He cried and died. As a man, He did not know all things. As God, Jesus existed from the foundation of the world. He never changes. He cast out devils. He forgave sins. He rose from the dead. He redeemed you and me. He knows all things. He has all power. He is King of kings and Lord of lords.

In Scripture, when reading, we must ask ourselves, ‘Is He speaking as God or as man?’ While on a boat, he got tired and took a nap. But, when He was woken from that nap and he spoke to the wind and waves, He spoke as God.

The disciples didn’t understand. ‘What manner of man is this that even the wind and waves obey him?’

In that garden, a battle took place between God and man. The man Jesus did not want to suffer such a death. Yet, deep down, He knew this must be completed. You and I were redeemed by the precious blood of Jesus. He shed His blood for our salvation.

To further understand, John 1:1-5 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.”

(v 9-14) “That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. He came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.”

Psalm 2:7 “I will declare the decree: the Lord hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee.”

Heb 1:5, 5:5 “…You are my son, this day have I begotten you.”

Luke 22:43-44 “And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him. And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground.”

Jesus walked with them. He wanted the people to see that He was the way, the truth, and the life. As He gazed into the cup, what He saw overwhelmed him. He was going to identify with all of our sins. The very thing that he hated the most, he was going to become our ‘sin-bearer’. It was in the garden that His spirit cried, ‘Let this cup pass from me. Nevertheless, not what I will, but what thou wilt.’

When you pray that too, ‘Not what I will, but thy will be done,’ you will see God working. After the cup came the cross. Jesus had yielded completely. After the cup came the cross. Jesus truly carried the weight of the world upon him. He carried our sins, our sicknesses, and our sorrows. He was wounded for our sins, the chastisement of our peace was on him and by his stripes are we healed. He is peace, but he paid the price so that we might have peace in a world of torment.

Luke 22:37 “For I say unto you, that this that is written must yet be accomplished in me, And he was reckoned among the transgressors: for the things concerning me have an end.”

Hanging on the cross, he looked not at what was happening then, He was looking forward to the joy of our salvation.

Hebrews 12:2 “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

When Jesus said, ‘It is finished,’ He was saying that His mission was completed. He had bridged the gap. Mankind could be redeemed. He came to seek and to save that which was lost. He made a way for man to be reconciled with God.

We don’t have a saint, we have a Savior.

Isaiah 44:22 “I have blotted out, as a thick cloud, thy transgressions, and, as a cloud, thy sins: return unto me; for I have redeemed thee.

2 Cor 5:19 “To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.”

Jesus has paid it all. You don’t need anything of your own, just put your faith in the word of God. Anyone can say, ‘I believe’, but what do you do?

1 Cor 10:21 “Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord’s table, and of the table of devils.”

Mat 6:24 “No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.”

You can’t have both. You must not make money a god. If you trust in God, you will see Him work in your life.

‘All to Jesus I surrender. All to Him I freely give.’ Jesus gave so much. What is your response? Not just words, but how will you act? What will you do?

Will you drink from the Lord’s cup or the cup of devils?

In the cup of devils there are desirable things to the flesh. No restraints, self-indulgence, no principles, every man a law to himself. There is pleasure in sin.

Heb 11:25 “…the pleasures of sin for a season;”

Sin’s pleasures only last so long. It leaves you forsaken and miserable eventually.

Peace and joy and true satisfaction can come only through trusting God.

Psalm 107:9 “For he satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness.”

The moment the man, Christ Jesus, submitted His will to the Father, the battle was won. The battle was in Gethsemane. When Jesus drank from the bitter cup, He began to take up his cross and bare the load of sin.

We will face trials and disappointments, but the only thing worse than disappointment with God is disappointment without God.

In this world, we will have trouble, but we have a Savior, one we can go to for safety, strength, and peace.

For every problem you face, God has the solution. Jesus wants to be Your Savior.

The load Satan will place on your shoulders is heavy, but…

Mat 11:28-30 “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

We don’t have to do it on our own. We can go to our Savior.

Excerpted from a sermon preached by Pastor Nick Sisco, missionary to Ghana, West Africa.

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About ChristinaLi

Writing inspirational romantic suspense splashed with humor. Married for over 20 years and mom to five amazing kids, she is happily addicted to morning coffee and afternoon tea. Free for you: Violet Miracle, a Little Bit of Coffee, Flowers, and Romance Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Violet-Miracle-Little-Flowers-Romance-ebook/dp/B008EMBZGY/ref=la_B004EL7842_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1504197523&sr=1-2 Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/529287
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