Divine Mission Of Redemption: The Cup
August 30, 2009
INTRODUCTION: In this passage we do not see Jesus wrestling with God's will, or resisting God's will. It is here the mission of Christ is about to be fulfilled as He will yield Himself to God's will. He knew that this was His mission in the world. The mystery of His humanity and deity is seen vividly in this scene.
We must not think that it was the fear of death that made our Lord so agonize in the garden. He did not fear death, but faced it with courage and peace. He was about to "drink the cup" that His Father had prepared for Him, and that meant bearing on His body the sins of the world.
Note the words of Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane as He was arrested:
John 18:11, "So Jesus said to Peter, ‘Put your sword into the sheath. Shall I not drink the cup which My Father has given Me?'"
I. THE FOCUS OF THE CUP OF GETHSEMANE. 36
Gethsemane means olive press or oil press.
A. SELFLESSNESS. 37
Jesus knew that all believers are going to have times of temptation, trials, and heartaches that threaten to overwhelm them. In the depths of such testings, even our dearest and most spiritual friends are unable to provide the needed solace and strength.
There are times when only direct, intimate communion with the Lord in intense prayer can provide the strength to meet their desperate need.
Therefore, Peter, James, and John are invited to join Jesus in the garden. The three of them had made more noticeable blunders and were rather forward and presumptuous. They were obvious leaders. Yet, the reason He took them was to teach them further about facing strong temptation with confidence in God rather than in themselves. In light of their self-declared responsibility (35), the disciples needed to learn the humility and poverty of spirit that is necessary before God can effectively use His people. He wanted these three to be convinced and convicted ...
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