The Hour, the Cup & the Cross

Jesus embraces the three most difficult realities of life. They are signified by three words Jesus chose to pull to Himself as though they were His destiny-the hour, the cup and the cross. 

Looking In:

We are given access to the most compelling and intimate moment in the life of the King of Glory and before we know what is happening… it has begun. Betrayed by a kiss and protected by a fisherman’s sword, all we can do is watch as the scene gets more tragic by the moment. Had we been there, perhaps we would have stumbled through it just like the disciples. What in the world is going on!

Servants & Friends:

It was only a few days earlier when Jesus seemed to be offering a promotion to the disciples. Now it would appear there would be no ministry, no future and worse yet no hope of their friendship lasting beyond the end of the week. “How could He have said that one of us would betray Him? How could we have fallen asleep when all He was asking was for us to pray with Him one hour? How could Judas… how could we just stand there and watch?”

Whirlwinds Shift Atmospheres:

I step back and see the whirlwind, I know in hindsight that Jesus was reshaping the atmosphere with every commitment He made. You see, He was giving Himself to the Father’s purpose… “for this hour, I have come into the world”. He was recognizing that although the cup would release a bitter taste, it was His to drink. Long before the creation of the world He was under an agreement that He had made with His Father. As agonizing as this was about to become, it was not a surprise and it was not something He was going to delegate. He would die upon the cross, just like He said and He would drink this cup as He had agreed. This was His hour!

But it was also the greatest hour in history!

It came as the hour that scattered the disciples, but resulted in the hour that overcame the world (Jn 16:32-33). It came as the hour that challenged all truth, but resulted in the hour that clarified God’s voice (Jn 18:37). It came with confusion and the shedding of innocent blood, but it ended triumphant with power over the grave (Lk 24:6-7).

The Victory:

When Jesus embraced the hour, the cup and the cross, He broke the power of sin’s grip over us. Jesus’ resurrection was a victory over death that changed the atmosphere and released the peace of God in the face of any storm. Satan’s head was crushed and his lies were laid powerless at our feet. No more bondage and no more shame for Christ has offered forgiveness and freedom from the accuser of the brethren.

“And they (the Believers) overcame him (the accuser of the brethren) by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death”. (Rev 12:11) 

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