This Cup (...11 days til Easter)

Reposting daily through Easter – excerpts from The Cross He Bore by Frederick S. Leahy

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Man of Sorrows 

   Then Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to his disciples, “Sit here, while I go over there and pray.”

   And taking with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, he began to be sorrowful and troubled.
   Matthew 26:36-37

What cup (John 18:11)?

‘THIS CUP’—not some future cup.

The cup that was symbolized in the feast (Matthew 26:27-28) was now actual: God was placing it in the Saviour’s hands and it carried the stench of hell.

 

Prayerful Submission 

   And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.”
   Matthew 26:39

Was the Father indifferent to the Son’s passionate pleadings in Gethsemane? Did he ever for a moment cease to be well pleased with him?

Far from it.

The writer to the Hebrews assures us that the Saviour ‘was heard because of his reverence’ (Hebrews 5:7). The proof of his being heard is his resurrection from the dead. In that sense he was ‘saved from death’.Cross_He_Bore_Frederick Leahy

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Consider today what cup you are being asked to drink.

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