Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

The Cup

Shall I not drink from the cup of suffering  the Father has given me?” 
John 18:11 (NLT)

Jesus went where no one else could go, did what no one else could do and endured what no one else could survive. His victory was won in Gethsemane, completed at Calvary and sealed by the Empty Tomb. It is summarized in the following passages of Scripture.

The submission of Gethsemane. Mark 14:32-36 (NLT) 
"They went to the olive grove called Gethsemane, and Jesus said, “Sit here while I go and pray.”33 He took Peter, James, and John with him, and he became deeply troubled and distressed. 34 He told them, “My soul is crushed with grief to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.”35 He went on a little farther and fell to the ground. He prayed that, if it were possible, the awful hour awaiting him might pass him by. 36 “Abba, Father,” he cried out, “everything is possible for you. Please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.” 

The stress of Gethsemane. Luke 22:41-44 (NLT) 
"He walked away, about a stone’s throw, and knelt down and prayed, 42 “Father, if you are willing, please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.” 43 Then an angel from heaven appeared and strengthened him. 44 He prayed more fervently, and he was in such agony of spirit that his sweat fell to the ground like great drops of blood." 

The sacredness of Gethsemane. Hebrews 5:7 (NLT) 
"While Jesus was here on earth, he offered prayers and pleadings, with a loud cry and tears, to the one who could rescue him from death. And God heard his prayers because of his deep reverence for God." 

Father because of the cup Jesus drank for us we have forgiveness that reveals your love, the compassion of Jesus and the merciful ministry of the Holy Spirit.

Your forgiveness so deep that it is beyond human understanding. "God's riches, wisdom, and knowledge are so deep that it is impossible to explain his decisions or to understand his ways." Romans 11:33 (GW)

Your forgiveness is so lofty that it exceeds human imagination. "I—yes, I alone—will blot out your sins for my own sake and will never think of them again." Isaiah 43:25 (NLT)

Your forgiveness is so broad that its expanse reaches human boundary. "He has removed our sins as far from us as the east is from the west." Psalm 103:12 (NLT) 

Thank you Jesus for drinking the cup of the Father's wrath to provide forgiveness, reconciliation and redemption for us. 

"For there is only one God and one Mediator who can reconcile God and humanity— the man Christ Jesus." 1 Timothy 2:5 (NLT) 


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