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Treading the Wine Press

By Larry R. Lasiter

© 2010

"So the angel swung his sickle to the earth and gathered the clusters from the vine of the earth, and threw them into the great wine press of the wrath of God." Revelation 14:19

The Passover service was over and Jesus departed into the Garden to pray. It was called "Gethsemane", meaning the "olive or wine press." It was there that Jesus would contemplate the magnitude of what He was about to suffer. In the garden He would suffer such mental anguish so as to cry out to His Father asking if there was another way to redeem those held in the bondage of sin, -"Can this cup pass from Me?"

Just minutes earlier Jesus had taken the cup of redemption and told His disciples to drink, saying, -"This is My Blood of the Covenant which is poured out for the forgiveness of sins." It is clear that the disciples did not then understand the full meaning of what that statement meant as they drank the wine from that cup.

In order to give His disciples the cup of redemption, Jesus had to drink from another cup. This is why He asked His Father if there was another way. Jesus would need to drink of the Lordís cup of wrath mixed in full strength in order to pay the price of our redemption. He had to drink in all the sins which had ever or would ever be committed.

Let us think for a moment and consider what was in that cup. Allegorically speaking, every manner of sin and every vile thing was in that cup. Child molestation, murder, abuse, hatred, abortion, war, and even child sacrifice was in that cup.

The Bible says that in order to save us, Jesus had to become sin -even becoming the curse. (2 Cor.5) Symbolically, He had to become a murderer, a child molester, a witch, a fornicator and even a Priest of Satan, etc, in order to save the like of their sins. This is what Jesus saw as He looked into the cup of Godís wrath. Oh, what He must have endured in the wine press that night. He who knew no sin had to become sin to save us. What a sacrifice He made. What an awesome and deep love He has for us. We love Him because He first loved us.

 

 

 

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