Drinking the Cup

Hi, God’s word for me today is in John 18:10-11 which says,

10 Then Simon Peter, who had a sword, drew it and struck the high priest’s servant, cutting off his right ear. (The servant’s name was Malchus.) 11 Jesus commanded Peter, “Put your sword away! Shall I not drink the cup the Father has given me?”

In this passage Judas is leading soldiers and officials to Jesus so that they could arrest Him (Jesus). When the soldiers and officials along with Judas came Jesus asked who they were looking for although He already knew who. They said that they were looking for Jesus of Nazareth and He answered by saying, “I am” then all of the people drew back and fell down. Jesus then asked them who they were looking for and they answered that they were looking for Jesus of Nazareth and Jesus said that He was Jesus and that they should let the disciples go. Then Peter struck the priest’s servant on the ear, cutting it off. Jesus told Him that He should put away His sword Jesus said that He (Jesus) should drink the cup that the father had given to Him. We know that Jesus healed the high priest’s servant’s ear.

Here we see two pictures of the Gospel. The first one is that Jesus said He had to drink the cup that the Father had given Him. What was that “cup” though? That cup held all of our sins and God’s wrath (it wasn’t a physical cup it was a spiritual one) in it and Jesus was going to take that on Himself when He died on the cross for us! The second picture is that Jesus healed the ear of the high priest’s servant just like He healed us from our sins when He died on the cross.

If you are an unbeliever then why don’t you trusting in Jesus as your savior? Jesus died for our sins, if you have not trusted in Jesus then why don’t you believe in Him and live. Jesus died for us so that we could be healed, if you are an unbeliever then why don’t you repent of your sins and trust in Jesus, then you will be healed by Jesus!

As Christians we should not do what Peter did. Peter was trying to defend Jesus, of course He was just trying to help but Jesus did not need help. Sometimes we might want to defend God from an unbeliever who is ridiculing Him when really we should simply share the Gospel with that person. The Gospel is what saves people not fighting and we should focus our eyes on the Gospel. We should center around the Gospel and share the Gospel with unbelievers!

Thank You Jesus for giving us life through Your death. Thank You Jesus for loving us and drinking every last drop out of the cup of wrath so that we wouldn’t have to. Thank You Jesus for saving us by dying for us on a cross. Thank You Jesus for loving us so much that You gave up Your life for us. Thank You Jesus for dying for us on the cross.

Do you believe that Jesus drank the cup of God’s wrath (and our sin) for you?

Grace and truth, Charity Cleveland.

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