Take This Cup from Me

Luke 22:39-44

Jesus came out and went, as was his custom, to the Mount of Olives; and the disciples followed him. When he reached the place, he said to them, “Pray that you may not come into the time of trial.”

Then he withdrew from them about a stone's throw, knelt down, and prayed, “Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me; yet, not my will but yours be done.”

[Then an angel from heaven appeared to him and gave him strength. In his anguish he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat became like great drops of blood falling down on the ground.]

Sometimes the cup seems too heavy to handle. As Jesus faced his arrest, condemnation, torture and death upon the cross, the cup seemed too much of a burden for him. He prayed that he might be spared of its consequences. Yet ultimately, he did drink from the cup because it was the will of the Father to do so, and he always did the will of the Father.

The cup he prayed about that day was the cup of suffering. None of us ever wants to drink from the cup of suffering. We want to avoid it at all cost. Yet sometimes it comes our way whether we like it or not. Sometimes, however, we take it up for the very same reason that Jesus did. We take up the cup of suffering in order to bring about something else, something more wondrous for ourselves or for those we love. Jesus took up the cup of suffering because he knew it would result in our salvation. He took up the cup of suffering because he knew it would, by the grace of God, be transformed into the cup of salvation, the cup of glory.