A CLOSER WALK
by BILL MEADOWS
And he went a little farther, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from: neverthless not as I will, but as thou wilt” (Matthew 26:39).
After Jesus and the eleven disciples had the Lord’s Supper and the washing of the disciples feet, Jesus and the eleven disciples, departed and went to a garden, which was call Gethsemane (means “oil press”). This was a significant name in the light of our Lord’s agony in that Garden which was across the Kidron Valley from the city walls of Jerusalem. There He told eight of the disciples to “sit ye here, while I go and pray yonder. And he took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee (James and John) and began to be sorrowful and very heavy” (Matthew 26:36-37). Jesus tell ‘s the three to watch and pray. The reason Jesus said this to the three was that He was entering into a difficult time in His life and the presence of these disciples would be an encouragement to Him.
I know many of times when a prayer line was started and prayers were going up for me when I had been sick, it gave me great encouragement that everything was going to be alright. The more prayers the better that’s what I like.
I want us to look at Matthew 26:38, “Then saith he unto them, My sour is exceeding sorrowful, and even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me!” Jesus speaks here of the agony which He would go through in the garden, which was the bitter cup he was soon after to drink on the cross. The sufferings which Jesus underwent in the garden were not his greatest suffering; though they would be great, but His last sufferings upon the cross were His principal sufferings would be; this is the reason they call it “the cup that he had to drink.” Just think the weigh that was upon His heat, so excessive a strain that His human nature would fail to endure it. We cannot gauge the anguish that He would go through. It was not merely the thought of bodily pain, though that would be one, but there was more elements which made his sorrow like no other sorrow. The malice and perversity of the Jews, the grievous wickedness that brought about His death, the betrayal by Judas, the desertion of his friends, the denial of Peter and the rulers. Such things like this were unspeakably terrible to the Holy Son of God. We are custom to the thought of death. We see it all the time. But here was the incarnate God, the God-Man, submitting Himself to the punishment of sin; tasting death for every for man, bearing in His own Person the inexpressible bitterness of this penal humiliation. Adding to all of this was the incalculable fact that, “The Lord had laid on Him the iniquity of us all.” The burden was of sins of all mankind He bore on His sacred shoulders, “Him who knew no sin God made to be sin on our behalf” (2 Corinthians 5:21).
The cup of bitterness was now represented as just as hand. Jesus had not only a more clear and lively view of it than before; but it was now set directly before Him, that He might without delay take it up and drink it; for then within that same hour, Judas would be coming with a band of men, and Judas would then deliver Jesus into these men’s hands to the end that He might drink this cup. It was God’s will that Jesus would take the cup so we could have salvation. Without Jesus taking this cup so we could have salvation, we all would be in Hell today. “Thank you Lord for taking that bitter cup for us. If He didn’t, I would have to take that bitter cup and I would be on that tree.”
Have you let Jesus take your bitter cup of sin for you? Please don’t wait too long to let Him take your sin!
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