Don’t think it a small thing to substitute for another. Jesus was our substitute. Think about it.
John 18:11 – Then said Jesus unto Peter, Put up thy sword into the sheath: the cup which my Father hath given me, shall I not drink it?
I could write volumes today about “the cup” of which Jesus spoke in our Text for Today. Drinking a cup as set forth in today’s Second Miler created such awesome imagery. When a young man proposed marriage in this culture, the young woman’s acceptance of the proposal was signified when she would drink, of her own free will, a cup of wine offered to her in the presence of her father. When Jesus has prayed in the garden of Gethsemane, He has said, “Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me. Nevertheless, not My will but Thine be done.” You see, Satan had offered Jesus a cup three years earlier when he tempted Jesus in the wilderness, but Jesus had refused. Even now, more than three years later, He still did not wish to drink of that cup, and He told this to Father. But yet, He drank of that cup, not of His Own will, but because it was the will of Father. Satan thought he had finally won the fight, but did not realize that Jesus had taken that cup to please the Father, NOT Himself. And because of that, Father had the legal right to raise Jesus from the dead three days later, the debt for our redemption being fully paid.
Here is what we must understand about this. That cup that Jesus drank that night in Gethsemane was not His cup; IT WAS OURS; YOURS AND MINE. It was mankind who had fallen in the garden of Eden, not Jesus, not the Word made flesh. So, the cup that was offered that night in the garden of Gethsemane was a cup of death, torment, and filled with the wages of sin, and it rightly and legally belonged to you and me. But God! I could stop there, and it would be sufficient. God so loved the world. Yes, I know the loves the church, but before the church even existed, God loved the world. He loved us so much that He gave His Only Begotten Son and commanded Him to pay the price for our complete redemption.
But there is more good news for us today. Not only did Jesus drink OUR cup and pay the full price for our redemption, but He has given us HIS cup to drink; the cup of His blood shed for our redemption. With our cup came death, sickness, poverty, destruction, and darkness; with His cup comes life, health, abundance, restoration, and eternal light. Now we belong to the King of kings and Lord of lords. He is our Lord and Savior, and Jehovah God is our Father. His cup was made to be our cup. Praise the Lord!
Manna for Today – John 18:1-11; Luke 22:14-23; 1 Corinthians 11:17-34