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(What was that cup?)

In the Gospel of Matthew 26:39 we read, “And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, ‘ O my Father if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.” we read again the same supplication in verse 42, ” He went away again the second time, and prayed saying,  O my Father if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done.”  Now most Bible commentaries on Jesus on the garden of Gethsemane, before going to the Cross teach that the cup was  Calvary, the Cross!!

Did Jesus pray that He could be delivered from the Cross, knowing that is all the gospel is all about?  In the gospel of  John chapter 12:27, the week before the Cross (in fact a few days before the Crucifixion), He said, ” now is my soul troubled; and what shall I say? Father save me from his hour: but for this cause came I unto this hour.”  In effect He said, ‘ Do I ask God to save me from the Cross? No! This is why I came.’   So we ask, “if it is not the Cross, what then was the cup?”

Christ who Himself is God incarnate ( God in the flesh) absolutely equal with God according to Philippians 2 put Himself under the Father, to accomplish our redemption.   God became a man He humbled Himself and became obedient unto death, even the death of the Cross. We read about His passion in the book of Hebrews  in the person of Melchisedec  (the prince of the most high God) who is the type or picture of the Lord Jesus Christ, our great High Priest. 

 We read in the book Hebrews chapter Five verse Six, “….As he saith also in another place, Thou art  a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.”  We meet Melchisedec way back in Genesis Chapter 14, when Abraham came to him and brought an offering to him. Much is not known about this priest of the most high, because very little is mentioned of him in the Scripture, as he later on appears again in the book of Hebrews. Now In verses Seven of  Hebrews chapter Five we read, “..Who in the days of his flesh (that is Jesus), when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears (that is Gethsemane)  unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared.” 

“…… he offered up prayer with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death!”  We find the key to that cup in that word  ” death”.  In the ultimate sense death in the Bible means ” spiritual death”! It  refers to the second death that a man or a woman without Christ dies and go to Hell, and into eternal lake of fire forever and ever.  Our Lord prayed that He will not have to be separated from the Father forever!!  But you know our Lord prayed, ” Father I am willing!”  He was willing to be separated from  from the Father for all eternity,if that was necessary!  AND THANK GOD THAT WAS NOT NECESSARY.

Yes, ” He cried with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared!”  Notice here that it says, “he was heard”! now if Jesus prayed to be delivered from  the Cross, was He delivered? of course not! He went all the way to the Cross and God did not hear His prayer! God did not answer His prayer. And that is an impossibility! He is The Son of God, and He can only pray the right kind of prayer.  He was not asking to be delivered from the Cross, but He was asking to be delivered from which might be afterward eternal separation from God!!

Our Lord was willing to do that. Remember the three hours on the Cross, and there was such darkness; and He cried, ” My God! My God! why has thou forsaken Me?” Yes Three hours, you know for God it is the same us eternity,  it is not for us! It was God’s plan and provision before the foundation of the world, and known to God alone.  And so was Christ crucified, lifted up to die the sinner’s death. He finished the mighty work, the work He alone could do, and the work which alone saves man.

Dear Friend, what a great salvation He brought for Us:  ” Jesus paid it all!! and all to Him I owe!! Sin has left the crimson stain He washed white as snow!!”

Friend, are you saved, born again by the Spirit of God? Have you availed yourself from this fountain of life?  Can you say ‘ it is well with my soul?’  if not, why not?

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The Bible reveals two ways which people are following to get into heaven. One way, the true way, is God’s way. God’s way into heaven is the way of peace and truth and righteousness. It is the only way approved of God. This way centers in the Lord Jesus Christ who said: “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me” (John 14:6). The Bible declares that there is another way. “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death” (Prov. 14:12).

There are so many popular ways today filled with lost multitudes all over the land, such as the way of morality, the way of respectability, the way of religion, the way of churchianity, the way of baptism, the way of christening, the way of confirmation, the way of penance, the way of confession, the way of “doing the best I can”, the way of self, the way of education, the way of philosophy, the way of false isms and cults that crowd the street. Little wonder then when we speak to people about the way of salvation, that so many have asked, “How can I know which is the true way? There are so many different ideas and so many religions.”

But there is ONE difference between God’s way of salvation and man’s way, and that difference is found in a Person, the Lord Jesus Christ. You will notice that man leaves Christ out of the center of his way. You will discover that the modern false cults and isms demote Christ to a mere man and add something to what He has already done for your salvation and mine. We become children of God through a supernatural birth. Jesus said to Nicodemus: “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3). Jesus also said, “Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again” (John 3:7)

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