Tuesday, June 9, 2009
The Cup of Sin
Communion, a precious time to reflect on Christ and His sacrifice for all mankind.
When Jesus was sharing that first communion with his disciples, in Matthew 26:27-28 it says: Then he took the cup, gave thanks and offered it to them, saying, "Drink from it, all of you. This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.”
Sunday I did some reflecting on the “cup” that is spoken of frequently throughout scripture.
Scene: Moses and Joshua coming down from Mt. Sinai with the Ten Commandments.
Aaron and the people are dancing around the golden calf. A calf they had crafted with their own gold, a calf they sacrificed to, and worshipped. They had quickly turned away from God and returned to the sin and bondage that God had delivered them from when he brought them out of Egypt.
Moses took the golden calf, representing their sin, burned it in the fire, and ground it to powder; and he scattered it on the water and made the children of Israel drink it. They drank the cup of their sin. Exodus 32:20
Scene: The Garden of Gethsemane
Jesus is on his face, “O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.”
A second time he is on his face, “O My Father, if this cup cannot pass away from me unless I drink it, Your will be done.”
A third time he prayed the same. Matthew 26:39, 42, 44
The cup – full of sin, our sins. Sins that could only be wiped away with his sacrifice, he had to drink it fully.
Jesus drank the cup of sin dry, every drop. Only a love that we cannot comprehend could do this.
Now he offers a cup to us, another cup, the cup of salvation. Will you drink of this cup?
Psalms 116:13 I will take the cup of salvation, and call upon the name of the LORD.