Mouth open. Head tilted back. Potent liquid. He drinks the cup. Toxic fermentation of sins past, present and future burn the inside of his throat and esophagus as lethal fluid unleashes. The alchemy infects His body like a poison. Eyes blaze. He slams the cup. Says “it is finished.” After Jesus drinks the wrath of God.
“Are you able to drink the cup that I am about to drink?” They said to Him, “We are able.”
Can you drink the tall glass?
In the Garden of Gethsamane, Jesus looks up to the Heavens and speaks to His Father about the cup of wrath He’s about to drink. We see this in Luke chapter 22 on the eve of Jesus’ crucifixion.
“Father, if You are willing, take this cup away from Me — nevertheless, not My will, but Yours, be done.”
Jesus said I’ll drink it. I’ll it drain it. I’ll chase it with love that rages for My Beloved’s sake.
God did not take the cup away from Jesus. There was a cup He needed to drink. A burden He had to bear. A weight He had to carry. A war He had to fight. A love He had to win.
God will not always take away your suffering. Because your suffering unleashes the vault of the destined Heaven resurrecting on the other side.
“Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in Me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die.” John 11:25
Can you handle the cup He gives you?
The destiny and all its pressures?
The promised land and all its giants?
The dreams and all of the obstacles?
God’s blessings are worth it.
Jesus fully understood the fate awaiting Him on the cross when He waited in the Garden. He knew it every day of His life, actually. He carried the burden of what He would have to execute at the age of 33 as He grew up at every age. The cross was His purpose. The final purpose, after preaching, teaching and healing the people of earth who flocked to Him.
Now because of Jesus’ resilience to sacrifice His own body and soul, we will never have to die.
You are forever alive because of Jesus Christ in your life.
“As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins… But because of His great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with Him in the Heavenly realms in Christ Jesus.”
Paul reminds us “we were dead” because of sin. This is a past tense verb. Were. And the present tense verb is “alive.” That means we are not dead anymore. We are not dead any longer. We are ALIVE! Furthermore, we are “raised” up with Jesus. So if Jesus can be raised, so can you! Verse 6 says, we are “seated with Him in the Heavenly realms.” That is a big deal! Not only are you not punished for your sins but you are given holy rewards of being able to share access with the King Himself, nestled right beside Him. I want to be next to You, Jesus all the days of my life…
Heaven is your home.
Heaven is your gift, regardless of what you have done. Jesus drunk it all so that you can share in eternity with Him in love.
Heaven found Jesus beacuse Jesus was willing to war to find you. And bring you to Heaven with Him. In this moment of decision where Jesus tells the Father He will drink the cup of wrath, God the Father immediately sends encouragement to Him.
Angels appeared to Him.
Met with Him.
“Then an angel from Heaven appeared to Him, strengthening Him.” Luke 22:43
God always send encouragement to the ones who bear His cross and His heart.
“Then Jesus told His disciples, “If anyone would come after Me, let him deny himself and take up His cross and follow Me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.” Matthew 16:24-25
You find your life when you chase after Jesus, even if it looks like it will be life-threatening at the beginning, it’s actually not in the end. It is your stairway to Heaven. It will be a grind, but you rise in the grind. Keep moving forward and don’t give up! Keep your eyes focused on God! No matter what!
Chasing after Jesus attracts obstacles.
Chase Him anyway.
Pursuing Jesus encurs hardships.
Pursue Him anyway.
Seeking Jesus beckons you to deny yourself.
Seek Him anyway.
Jesus gives your life back to you when you give up everything for Him. I want to give you everything, Jesus. Because I know my life is best placed in Your hands with Your visionary brilliance making my life flourish and thrive.
I give everything
and He teaches
me to reach Him
in the deepest ways possible
connects our hearts
connects our minds
connects our souls
connects our essence
so I will always be replenished
with holy love
Jesus gives me everything
Jesus can give you everything because He gave everything. He is a lavish giver.
“We know love by this, that He laid down His life for us; and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers.” 1 John 3:16
Jesus never shied away from the cross nor the death looming ahead of Him.
He sprung into battle. Humbled Himself in order to channel human likeness needed for a pure and perfect sacrifice. He is the only one who could offer Himself up as this sacrifice. And He did. He gave Himself.
“He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open His mouth; He was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, so He did not open His mouth.” Isaiah 53:7
Jesus did not need to open His mouth in self defense. He only needed to open His mouth to drink every offense mankind has ever committed. He consumed the wrath of God on the cross for your sins.
He is our propitiation. Our atonement. Our immortality.
He knows how to drink.
Jesus drinks the cup marked by the Maker. God’s cup. Heaven’s cup.
“You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons. You cannot share in the Lord’s table and the table of demons.” 1 Corinthians 10:21
Whose cup do you want?
Sit at the Lord’s table and absorb the richness of His decadence.
You drink for love
a love of raging fire
surging Your way
You drunk for love
a potent cup
a cup of blazing fire
in our way
to make a way
and seal the way
reveal the way
for Your Beloved to know You
forever my lips will drip
of Your love drunk for me
“On this mountain the Lord of hosts will make for all peoples a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wine, of rich food full of marrow, of aged wine well refined.”