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What Cup?

And He went a little beyond them, and fell on His face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; yet not as I will, but as Thou wilt.” (Matthew 26:39 NASB)

Jesus, at this point has a really good idea of what He is facing.

He knows Judas, His friend, is at that very moment betraying Him to His enemies.

He knows that He is going to be denied by His closest companions, even those who have declared their allegiance to Him when everyone else turned away.

He knows He will face physical torture.

He knows they will strip Him down before the crowd

He knows the very ones who 4 days before had cried out ‘Hosanna’ would soon be crying ‘Crucify Him’

He knows they are about to kill Him in the most horrid and painful death imaginable.


None of these bring Him to the garden tonight.

Not one of these draw drops of blood from His sweat glands

No pain or rejection of man causes Him to cry out to the Father

What then?

He knew that He faced one thing that He could not bear.

One thing He had never faced since before He separated the sea from the dry ground.

That one thing –

God, His own Father was going to turn His back on Jesus.

He was going to be God forsaken

The Spirit that had dwelt in Him from His mother’s womb and empowered Him from the day He went under the flow of the Jordan, would be leaving Him alone.

Jesus, who had never uttered a prayer that was not answered, found heavens of brass tonight.

Not only did He face separation from the Father, but He was going to drink the cup of God’ wrath. The cup that had been filled by every sin, since the day Adam took the fruit from his wife’s hand and betrayed God in the garden, to the hurtful thing you said to your wife this morning.

God was going to look on Jesus, and demand that He drink every last drop of God’s wrath. You can see this cup described in Jeremiah 25. It's staggering.

Just the thought of it nearly killed Jesus.

The Father sent an angel to strengthen Him.

But the Father would not relent. This cup of wrath must be consumed, and it could only be Jesus.

There was no other lamb

None spotless

None worthy

None holy

Only Jesus

O Thank you Jesus

O Thank you Lord

O Thank you my King, my Jesus


0 thoughts on “What Cup?

  1. cycleguy

    Nothing strikes me as harsh or as unfeeling as knowing your father, with whom you have always had a perfect oneness, would soon turn His back away from you. How awful that must have loomed for Him. Good thoughts Ben.

    1. Ben Nelson

      I have a sense that Jesus would have been OK with everyone turning on Him, but it was that thought of the Father turning His back that caused Him to cry out for another way.
      Thanks Pastor.

  2. Helen Murray

    Amen to that. For Jesus, who lived his whole life in complete communion with his Father, to be totally cut off from him - completely alone for the first time ever - must have been agony. 'Why have you forsaken me?'
    And he did this for me? It's more than I can take in.
    Thank you for this.

  3. Debbie

    Thank you for helping us consider what Jesus had to undergo .. .the worst part of it all, as if the physical and emotional suffering weren't enough. I am thinking about when a lamb was still offered as a sacrifice, they would take it into their homes for four days prior, or it would even be a much loved favorite animal / pet. .. before it had to be offered up. God bless you , Mr. Ben, as you follow your Lord today!


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