by Daniel Rodgers

The Lord's Bitter Cup
Dan Rodgers
Matthew 26:36-46
INTRODUCTION: The Garden of Gethsemane was one of the Lord's favorite places for solitude, prayer and fellowship with His disciples. He had visited here often. However, this visit would not be for the purpose of fellowship. Jesus knew that He would soon be betrayed by Judas. He understands that His death on the cross is imminent; and so, He comes to pray... His heart is heavy. Only He and His Father understood the weight of His burden. In Luke 22:44, we read, "And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground. "
Let us keep in mind; Jesus never faltered. His faith stayed the same; but His flesh, the human side, was pressed beyond what we can understand. In the Gospel of Luke, it says tells us that an angel was sent to strengthen Him (Luke 22:43).
When Jesus said, "O My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from Me," what did He mean? What did the cup represent? Two things:
I. The Cup Represented Sin
II. The Cup represented Separation


A. His Nature

1. We must think about what Jesus was enduring. Here is the very Son of God, God in the flesh, about to become sin. Sin was not part of His life; sin was against His nature. The Bible says in Hebrews 7:26, "For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens." Let me just tell you at the outset; the cup to which He referred, was not about the physical suffering He was to endure, though it certainly weighed heavy on His mind. He knew what was to happen to Him. Those wicked Roman soldiers would have no mercy. Again, the cup was not about leaving His mother, His family and the disciples behind, though for a brief time, He would miss them. This cup was not about His brutal crucifixion on the cross. No, the cup was about sin...that He would have to become sin. ...

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