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Luke 22: 35-71 - if possible let this cup pass from me (Luke 22:35-71)Mike Bucher, 09/23/2018
We continue in Luke 22 starting at verse 35. It is the night of Jesus' arrest before going to the cross. In the garden, Jesus prayed, "Father if possible let this cup pass from me but not my will your will be done". There are so many lessons here.
Jesus gives us the key to life... we need to let go of our own will and yield to God's will. The question is what is this cup that Jesus is referring to? In Jeremiah 25, God says there is a cup of his wrath that all nations will drink. We have all sinned and there is a cup of God's wrath toward sin with each of our names on it.
Jesus came and drank this cup for each one of us. We all have a choice... we either drink of it ourselves and spend eternity separated from God or we accept the free gift of grace that Jesus provided by drinking it for us. Jesus experienced this wrath on the cross for each one of us.
Jesus asked The Father if was at all possible, possible let this cup pass from Him. The meaning is "if there is any other way for mankind to be saved" and the answer was "no"! Religion, a life of good deeds, being a good person - none of these things suffice - there is nothing "we" can do. It has all been done for us.
Before He died, Jesus said "It is finished". What was finished? The way for our salvation. Our world is longing for an "avenger", a savior, a "superman". There is only one -Jesus. He said that He was the only way to God. This is the reason. He alone paid for our sins and the proof was 3 days later when He rose from the dead. This was God's stamp of approval that His sacrifice was accepted. This is "the good news"... The Gospel!
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35And he said unto them, When I sent you without purse, and scrip, and shoes, lacked ye any thing? And they said, Nothing. 36Then said he unto them, But now, he that hath a purse, let him take it, and likewise his scrip: and he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one. 37For I say unto you, that this that is written must yet be accomplished in me, And he was reckoned among the transgressors: for the things concerning me have an end. 38And they said, Lord, behold, here are two swords. And he said unto them, It is enough. 39And he came out, and went, as he was wont, to the mount of Olives; and his disciples also followed him. 40And when he was at the place, he said unto them, Pray that ye enter not into temptation. 41And he was withdrawn from them about a stone's cast, and kneeled down, and prayed, 42Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done. 43And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him. 44And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground. 45And when he rose up from prayer, and was come to his disciples, he found them sleeping for sorrow, 46And said unto them, Why sleep ye? rise and pray, lest ye enter into temptation. 47And while he yet spake, behold a multitude, and he that was called Judas, one of the twelve, went before them, and drew near unto Jesus to kiss him. 48But Jesus said unto him, Judas, betrayest thou the Son of man with a kiss? 49When they which were about him saw what would follow, they said unto him, Lord, shall we smite with the sword? 50And one of them smote the servant of the high priest, and cut off his right ear. 51And Jesus answered and said, Suffer ye thus far. And he touched his ear, and healed him. 52Then Jesus said unto the chief priests, and captains of the temple, and the elders, which were come to him, Be ye come out, as against a thief, with swords and staves? 53When I was daily with you in the temple, ye stretched forth no hands against me: but this is your hour, and the power of darkness. 54Then took they him, and led him, and brought him into the high priest's house. And Peter followed afar off. 55And when they had kindled a fire in the midst of the hall, and were set down together, Peter sat down among them. 56But a certain maid beheld him as he sat by the fire, and earnestly looked upon him, and said, This man was also with him. 57And he denied him, saying, Woman, I know him not. 58And after a little while another saw him, and said, Thou art also of them. And Peter said, Man, I am not. 59And about the space of one hour after another confidently affirmed, saying, Of a truth this fellow also was with him: for he is a Galilaean. 60And Peter said, Man, I know not what thou sayest. And immediately, while he yet spake, the cock crew. 61And the Lord turned, and looked upon Peter. And Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how he had said unto him, Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice. 62And Peter went out, and wept bitterly. 63And the men that held Jesus mocked him, and smote him. 64And when they had blindfolded him, they struck him on the face, and asked him, saying, Prophesy, who is it that smote thee? 65And many other things blasphemously spake they against him. 66And as soon as it was day, the elders of the people and the chief priests and the scribes came together, and led him into their council, saying, 67Art thou the Christ? tell us. And he said unto them, If I tell you, ye will not believe: 68And if I also ask you, ye will not answer me, nor let me go. 69Hereafter shall the Son of man sit on the right hand of the power of God. 70Then said they all, Art thou then the Son of God? And he said unto them, Ye say that I am. 71And they said, What need we any further witness? for we ourselves have heard of his own mouth. (KJV)