OUTLINE: Verse 42- “Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me; yet , not my will but yours be done”.
CONTENT: Luke, the Gentile, wrote this letter to present Jesus as the Son of Man. The scriptures have mentioned various cups that man can partake of . In Jeremiah 16:7, he is the cup of Consolation; in Jeremiah 25: 16 & 17 he is the cup of Wrath; Psalm 23: 5, he is the cup of Blessing; Psalm 116: 13, he is the cup of Salvation; Luke 22:20 , he is the cup of the New Covenant, which is shed for you and for me. Jesus known as the cup-bearer took it upon himself to taste the agony, and separation from God the Father for all of us. He as the Son of Man, nevertheless, knew that he had to suffer. He partook of the Bitter Cup not that he deserved or enjoyed it but did so to redeem us from our sins. We all have experienced a bitter cup at some time in our lives because it can come in the form of a) the loss of a job, b) a broken marriage, c) sickness d) discord among one another in families or even in the church, e) among the youth by bullying each other, or f) through death.
Jesus as the cup-bearer took all of our sins for us- he died so that we might live. In Matthew 27:34, when he felt his bitter cup he refused what was offered to him because he wanted to be conscious till the end, to be able to say “It is Finished”. We have a responsibility to continue to build his church here on earth, let us remember the sacrifice that He paid. Jesus asks us to Seek first the kingdom of God, bring all our tithes in, let go of all bitterness, and jealously, do not allow it to consume or envelop you, go and pray in silence. Worship him in Spirit and in truth, meditate on His Word– He directs and guides us. Satan has lost his power, Jesus overcame and He can take the bitter cup away and make it sweet. Burdens are lifted at Calvary.
AUTHOR: Sis. Delfina Anderson
TEXT: St. Luke 22: 41 & 42