The cup

Hi, God’s word for me today is in Ezekiel 23:32 which says,

“This is what the Sovereign LORD says:

“You will drink your sister’s cup, 
a cup large and deep; it will bring scorn and derision, for it holds so much.”

Well, this passage is talking about how Jerusalem and Samaria were adulterous and this verse is talking about how Samaria will “drink the cup of her sister” and this “cup” is full of scorn and derision. Samaria is taking on the cup of scorn and derision from her sister, and the reason is sin. Samaria was adulterous and sinful and that is the reason that she was going to bear the cup of scorn. The Lord was punishing Samaria for her sin.

The Lord punished Samaria by giving Samaria the cup of scorn and ridicule. Likewise we were going to have to bear the cup of wrath and scorn because of our sins. We were going to die because of our sins, we were going to be ridiculed and mocked because of our sins. We didn’t have a way out, the reason was because the Lord required us to be perfect but because we aren’t perfect we were going to die. If we had a perfect sacrifice we could live but because there wasn’t a perfect sacrifice on earth we were going to die.

That is the reason why God provided that sacrifice for us. What was that sacrifice, or more precisely who was that sacrifice? That sacrifice was (and is) Jesus! But who exactly is Jesus? Jesus was (and is) the son of God (and God Himself). Jesus came down from heaven was born of a virgin and lived a perfect life. Then after He had a false trial and was unjustly beaten so much that you didn’t think that He was a man, He carried a cross on His back and was mocked while He walked to the place where He was to be crucified and He did it all for us.

But why? Why would Jesus die for our sins on the cross, it just doesn’t make any sense why God would die for our sins on the cross. So why? The reason was because He loved us. Jesus loved us so much that He drank the cup of God’s wrath and scorn to the last drop,

“Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.”’ (NIV Mathew 26:39)

Jesus drank the cup of wrath to the last drop, thank you so much Jesus. But what should that make us want to do? Praise God, we should wand to praise God for what He did for us on the cross. Jesus died for us because He loved (and loves) us. Another thing that we should do is share the Gospel with others, we should want others to be saved by Jesus Christ.

Are you trusting in Jesus Christ?

Grace and truth, Charity Cleveland.

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