The Two Cups













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The Two Cups

By Larry R. Lasiter

© 2010

  "And when He had taken a cup and given thanks, He gave it to them, saying, ‘Drink from it, all of you; for this is My blood of the Covenant, which is poured out for many for forgiveness of sins.’" Matthew 26:27-28

 "And He went a little beyond them, and fell on His face and prayed saying, ‘My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; yet not as I will, but as you will." Matthew 26:39

 The first statement was spoken to His disciples during the Passover and the last prayed to the Father in the Garden of Gethsemane. There alone in the Garden the Anointed One prayed in anguish as great drops of blood pressed through His skin and fell to the cursed earth below.

He who had spoken the worlds into existence and had breathed life into the first man, was now tormented by the reality of the cost of redeeming those lost in sin. But love pushed Him on as He could not bear the thought of living in eternity without His chosen Bride. "Husbands love your wives, just as Christ also loved the Church and gave Himself up for her." (Eph.5)

There were four cups on the table at the Passover and each had a significant meaning.

When Jesus took the cup of redemption and blessed it saying that it represented His own blood they all knew that this was no ordinary Passover service. By saying that His blood would be poured out to ratify a Covenant that had the power to forgive sins - He was identifying Himself as the Redeemer.

Jesus passed the cup and they all drank from the same cup, yet Jesus did not drink. No, to redeem us from the curse of sin and death, He must drink from another cup. To make you the blessing He must become the curse. To make you the righteousness of God He must become sin. To bring you to life He must taste death, even the second death of the Lake of Fire. To give you the cup of Redemption He must take and drink of the cup of Wrath mixed in full strength.

 Every sin that is committed is poured into the cup of wrath, "They are not pleasing to God, but hostile to all men, hindering us from speaking to the Gentiles so that they may be saved; with the result that they always fill up the measure of their sins. But wrath has come upon them to the utmost." (1 Thes.2)

And, -"He also will drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is mixed in full strength in the cup of His anger; and he will be tormented with fire and brimstone." (Rev.14)

All the sins which had ever, or will ever be committed was in the cup which Jesus drank. Jesus became everything that was in the cup. He who had never sinned, actually became every sin, past, present and future, -"He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him." (2 Cor.5)

So what was in the cup?

Everything which incurs the wrath of a just and holy God. Can a murderer repent and receive salvation? If he can then his sin is in the cup. He is set free only because Jesus bore the sin for him. War is in the cup - Rape is in the cup - Child Molestation is in the cup. Hatred, lies, slander, rebellion and even child sacrifice is in the cup.

 All of your sins and mine, past, present and future are in the cup. Is it any wonder that Jesus was tormented as He cried, -"Father, can this cup pass from Me?!" Jesus drank into Himself the penalty due us, our curse and our death. It is the greatest love story of all and required the greatest price ever. We love Him because He first loved us. Let us gratefully drink in His redemption.




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