Lessons from The Hour: Seeing the Wrath

Posted: March 26, 2011 in Blessings, Christian Beliefs, From Adventism to Christ, Outreach, The Bible
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Jesus knew that the hour had come for His Glorification, He knew that the only way to Heaven was the Cross, He knew that He had to lay down His life and He knew that He would rise again. However He had never glimpsed what He glimpsed in this moment.

Luke 22:41-44
41 And He withdrew from them about a stone’s throw and knelt down and prayed,
42 Saying, Father, if You are willing, remove this cup from Me; yet not My will, but [always] Yours be done.
43 And there appeared to Him an angel from heaven, strengthening Him in spirit.
44 And being in an agony [of mind], He prayed [all the] more earnestly and intently, and His sweat became like great clots of blood dropping down upon the ground. AMP

Jesus, our Lord and Savior would do whatever was needed to bring us into a right relationship with Him. He set aside His Glory and was born to die. He was born to fulfill a plan. He was born to be Crushed by God the Father for the sins of us all.

And yet up until this time He had not had a glimpse into the cup.

The cup of trembling.

The cup of the Wrath of God.

This cup of wrath was his righteous anger against Sin, sin required death, great painful death. Torment. Unimaginable suffering and total separation from God.

God cannot allow sin into His presence, and yet He yearns to save us, this is why Christ was born. This is why God became man, because only a sinless sacrifice can take from us the wrath of God.

It is also give a clear understanding of why there is only one way to be saved, one way to the Father.

We are sin, each and every one of us, we therefore are disqualified from saving ourselves. And any god we make in our own minds is also unable to save ourselves, because it comes from the mind of a sinful created being.

God has given us a way back into a right relationship with Him and that is through the Son. The Son He will be pleased to crush on that coming Friday.

The Son sees over the merest edge of the Cup of God’s wrath and it drives Him to His knees, some translations say that it very nearly kills Him right there. Just a glimpse of the Cup of the Wrath of God is enough to make Jesus cry out to the Lord.

“Father if You are willing, remove this cup from me; but not my will but yours be done.”

This wasn’t just a pity phrase, Our Savior was crying out in anguish, if there was any possible way to do this differently.

However He knew in His heart that this was the only way, He had been sent to do the will of the Father, and taking the Wrath was the ultimate Will of the Father. It was the only way to bring the Apostles He loved into a right relationship with Himself.

This glimpse at the Cup of the Wrath of God was so powerful an Angel from heaven came down and had to strengthen His Spirit. The Wrath of God in the end would threaten His Spirit, but it would not destroy it, it could not for the Spirit of God is eternal.

You see just like Jesus human part would die, our human part will die too if we indeed die. Just like Jesus Spirit would continue to live, once we are right with Him our Spirit will live also.

God was crushing Jesus, so He would no longer have to crush us.

Jesus was so overwhelmed by the magnitude of what He was about to do He prayed all the more, prayed with a deep passion to the Father. So great was His stress that He bled from His sweat glands, drips, rivulets tears of anguish.

This was not easy but it was His reason for being here.

His being crushed for us was God’s love reaching out.

And just like Christ had to die on the Cross  to eventually return to glory, we must accept His crushing and die with Him on that cross. It is only by accepting the crushing of Christ that we find ourselves in a right relationship with Christ.

Praise God that He crushed His Son for us under the outpouring of every last drip from the Cup of His Wrath. Praise our Great God and Savior Jesus Christ for continually doing to Will of the Father and for enabling the only way for us.

To make it home.

In Christ,

Ross

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