THE SAVIOUR WITH THE SACRIFICIAL CUP

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For this is my blood, which confirms the covenant between God and his people. It is poured out as a sacrifice to forgive the sins of many. - Matthew 26:28

Dr. Thomas Constable wrote this about Jesus, "He was not a victim of fate, but He deliberately approached His death as a willing Sacrifice, and prepared His disciples carefully for the trauma of that event." This opens up the fact that Jesus didn't die as a victim of circumstances. He willingly chose to enter into the circumference of God's purpose for His life, to become the Author of Salvation, when He walked into the parameters of God's wrath as a sacrificial Lamb to be offered up for the sins of the whole world. Being a willing sacrifice, He had to drink the cup of God's wrath, which signifies God's indignation against the sins of humanity. The cup was not a symbol of a cocktail party but a concoction of God's judgment towards a sinful people. The cup was the darkness hour in the ministry of Jesus. However, it turned out to pave way for the glorious light of the Gospel, which we preach, saying that Jesus died for humanity, with the intent to avert the outpour of God's wrath upon man and that He who died, now lives ever more.

It is heartening to know that CUP OF GOD'S WRATH which Jesus drank, PAVED THE WAY for every believer to gain access to God without fear and restriction. The cup removes the hiccups that would have inhibited us from accessing the throne of grace. However, if you are not appreciative of the saving work of grace through the death of Jesus, you would be keeping your yourself in darkness. Darkness symbolizes the wrath of God and characterises acts of disbelief and disobedience to the glorious light of the Gospel of Jesus. Hence, don't keep yourself in darkness when you can walk with Jesus in the light of His word and experience amazing grace and glory, which He sheds on the way of everyone who believes in Him.

Whilst Jesus took the CUP OF GOD'S WRATH for the redemption of our soul, his action culminates in our access to drink of the WATER OF LIFE, the living water. In other words, the power of God through the working of the Holy Spirit was poured out on us in consequence of the sacrificial offering of Jesus. When the Apostles converged on the day of Pentecost, they weren't subjected to the nightmare of God's outpour of His wrath but rather of His power. The fountain of life overshadowed them and consequently spoke in new tongues, praising God in diverse languages and were ultimately empowered to bring salvation to others in all their preaching tours.

It bears mentioning that God has no intent to make any man drink of His cup of wrath except that which Jesus drank on behalf of humanity. However, those who choose to despise the death of Jesus will have to drink the cup of God's wrath on account of their unbelief and disobedience. If you are cruising in the camp of the unbelieving while keeping company with the devil, the wrath of God may catch up with you if the trumpet of God sounds today. It isn't the trumpet of a street jamboree but the ultimate trumpet that spells rapture for the saints of God but trouble for sinners. Therefore, I urge your resolution to partner with Jesus today as you surrender your totality to Him. Go ahead and talk to Jesus, for He is ready to save your soul.

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Abayomi Aina
Abayomi (ACA, CFE, PGDip Theology) is an inspired prolific writer, instructor and gospel artiste. He is divinely endowed to inspire the world towards purposeful living, leadership spirit, goal pursuit, academic excellence and leading a Christian life.

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