April 17, 2011 – “What Was In The Cup?”

“And they were on the road, going up to Jerusalem, and Jesus was
walking ahead of them. And they were amazed, and those who
followed were afraid. And taking the twelve again,
he began to tell them what was to happen to him”   Mark 10:32

April 17, 2011 – Week 2

Reference scriptures: Matthew 27: 1-50

God allowed us all to see the great anguish of His Son.

“He took Peter and Zebedee’s two sons, James and John, and he became anguished and distressedHe told them, “My soul is crushed with grief to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.”   Matthew 26: 37-38

 What was in the bitter cup that Jesus would experience?

1. Betrayal and desertion by the ones He loved
    – Judas betrayed him (Matthew 26: 47)
    – Disciples deserted him (Mark 14: 50)
    – Peter denied him (Luke 22: 60)
 

2. Shame and suffering
    – Humiliated
      “
And they stripped off His clothes and put a scarlet robe on Him.”
     
Matthew 27: 28

   – Mocked and beaten
     “They spit on him, and took the staff and struck him on the head
      again and again. 
After they had mocked him,…”
     
Matthew 27: 30-31

               “…looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for
                the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the
                shame
,…”
  Hebrews 12:2
 

            – Crowd turned against him
               ‘
“What shall I do, then, with Jesus who is called the Messiah?”
                  Pilate asked. They all answered, “Crucify him!”  “
Why? What
                  crime has he committed?” asked Pilate.
But they shouted all
                  the louder, “Crucify him!
   Matthew 27: 22-23

          3. Sin of all mankind
              – Devastating effects on all of mankind
              – Jesus became sin
               “We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to
                 our own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity
                 of us all
.”
   Isaiah 53: 6

               “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in
                 him we might become the righteousness of God.”
 
                 2 Corinthians 5: 21


           – Separation from the Father

             “From noon until three in the afternoon darkness came over all
               the land. 
About three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud
               voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” (which means “My God, my
               God, why have you forsaken me?”).
    Matthew 27: 45-46
 

         4. Jesus would give His life freely for all
              “The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life—only to
                take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of
                my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to
                take it up again.”   
John 10: 17-18

              “When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when
                he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself
                to him who judges justly.”
   1 Peter 2: 23

              “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son,
                that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal
                life.”
    John 3: 16