Is the cup too much to bear?
"Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away for Me; nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done." Luke 22:42 TPT
When Jesus was in the garden praying to His Father, the first statement He makes is, "If it is Your will, take this cup away for Me." What cup is this? In Mark chapter 10, James and John asked to sit at Jesus' right and left hand in glory. His response in verse 38 was " You do not know what you ask." Do we really contemplate on for what we are asking? Especially when something dramatic comes and our first nature is to run from it or find a way out of the situation. Jesus is asking His Father in Luke 22, "Is there another way?" "Can this be done some other way?" I don't have an issue asking the Father if there is another way. Jesus asked the Father if there was another cup in the cabinet from which He could drink. This is a normal human response.
How Jesus responds to James and John in Mark is crucial to understanding our Savior’s thought process in Luke 22. He asks, “Are you able to drink the cup that I drink and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?” James and John reply yes. But they don't even know what they're saying yes to, like most church members today. Jesus was referring to the cup of crucifixion, the baptism of death. This is not a social club—this is the death of your own selfish nature, the very one that asked to sit on the right and left side of Jesus.
“Can this cup pass?” As I said previously, I don't have a problem with this question. Because I understand the nature of the question, I also realize I can't have a problem with the follow up statement. Jesus says if not—if it cannot be done another way—nevertheless not My will (not what my flesh wants to do) but Your will be done!
So my question for you today is: What cup have you drank from today?
Have you drank from the cup of corporate American politics that the modern-day church provides?
Have you drank from the cup of hyper-grace theology, where you sow but don't reap?
Have you drank from the cup of socially comfortable Sunday morning church, punching your Christian time card like the clock at work, doing your reasonable service of two hours a week?
My prayer is that we would embrace the cup set before us. Not the cup filled with the desires of an easy road traveled that many have followed, leading to death and destruction, but the cup of the crucified life, the baptism of death, that Jesus was talking about in Luke, knowing on the other side of the crucifixion and death, "here on earth" there is the resurrection of life filled with supernatural power.
Patrick Henry said in a speech he made to the Virginia Convention on March 23, 1775, at St. John's Church in Richmond, Virginia. "Give me liberty, or give me death!" In my obedience to embrace the cross and the death of the old wineskin, there is authentic liberty that overflows from the cup. Because of this, I understand that it's not one or the other in the Christian walk, liberty or death. Death in Christ leads to liberty in this life, and it is through the cross that you find victory in Christ Jesus. May your cup be full and running over today with new life.