“God made Him Who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God” (II Corinthians 5:21).
Paintings of the Lord’s Table show one cup and one platter. The cup represents the blood Jesus shed to save us from sin. Andthe platter holds bread symbolizing His body, which was broken for us.
What we don’t see is the second cup that Jesus drank alone—one that made our salvation possible. The phrase “drink from this cup” refers to a person’s willingness to take part in an act. Jesus knew that He had come to earth for the purpose of dying for sin—in other words, this mission was His “cup.”
While praying in Gethsemane, our Savior asked that this cup pass from Him if possible; however, He would willingly submit to His Father’s will. Some people assume Jesus was asking to avoid the excruciating physical suffering of crucifixion.
But even more difficult for Him to face were two spiritual agonies He knew He must undergo. First, our Savior would bear the world’s transgressions, actually becoming sin on our behalf (2 Corinthians 5:21) and dying so that its power over our lives could be destroyed. The sinless One would know the weight, guilt, and sorrow of the incalculable wrongs committed throughout all time. But more than just experiencing the ugliness of sin, He would bear the Father’s full wrath for all human iniquity.
And second, because holy God cannot look upon sin, Jesus would be separated from His Father for the only time since eternity past, and He would have to bear this unthinkable burden alone. Jesus drank from the cup of suffering, sin-bearing, and separation so that we can share in the cup of salvation.
As we celebrate the Lord’s Supper on Maundy Thursday during this Holy Week, it is symbolic of what Jesus did for us during that first Holy Week over 2,000 years ago. It is because of His willingness to go through the agony of crucifixion and separation from Father God that we have the wonderful privilege of accepting Christ as our personal Savior and having our sins washed away with His blood.
I pray that we can keep these thoughts in mind throughout this week and then, on Easter Sunday, we will really have something to celebrate! “Thanks be to God Who gives us the victory through Jesus Christ His Son!”
I look forward to seeing you on Easter Sunday! The Easter message is entitled “Do You Believe in Miracles?” and our scripture lesson is from John 20:24-29. This will be a rather non-traditional Easter message as we focus our attention on the disciple, Thomas, who is often called “Doubting Thomas.” We will talk about why that is so.
Until then, HAVE A GREAT WEEK WITH JESUS!
Sincerely His then yours,
P.S. Don’t forget to call the church office to order your Easter Lilies in honor or memory of a loved one. They are $10 each and the deadline is 2:00PM on Wednesday.