Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me. And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt. He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done. And he left them, and went away again, and prayed the third time, saying the same words.
Matthew 26:38-39, 42, 44
The 'cup' that Jesus drank was the very wrath of God Almighty (Jeremiah 25:15, Revelation 14:10).
Many Christians talk about 'how Jesus took our place'. Among other things, many Christians will talk about how Jesus got pierced to a cross, had a crown of thorns and how He was whipped by the cat of nine tails. While this is true (and crucial), we are saved and redeemed because the perfect sinless Son of God 'drank' God's wrath whilst on the cross. That is how He took our place.
God's wrath is so utterly incomprehensible and so utterly fearful that we will never truly recognise the extent how gracious and how marvellous God truly is.
The wages of sin is death. Sin deserves judgement. We are such wicked sinners, that the only way for us to be redeemed, the only way to be cleared of our crimes which deserved an infinite death sentence, was for the Son of God Himself to humble Himself into a human and die a horrible death whilst satisfying the justice of God by being crushed by the Father.
But the LORD was pleased To crush Him...
God never had to do that. If God never made convenants to redeem us, and simply let every human being that ever lived and ever will live to go to Hell, He would have done no wrong, but acted justly and fairly. The glory of God would have not diminished nor would His love, mercies or grace have lowered, not even slightly.
Although it is truly heartbreaking and incredible to see the physical pain and sufferings that Jesus went through for us. It is not as nearly as beautiful, thrilling, captivating, and incomprehensible to even begin to understand the spiritual pain and sufferings that Jesus went through for us.
Christian, can you see the mercies and grace of God? Look how He loves you! Look at the cross, and always go back to it. How can we not love a God like that? How can we not offer up our own lives for Him?
How can we not want to seek Him and be with Him alone in the prayer closet?
How can we not want His glory to be exalted, even at the cost of our own lives?
What a marvellous, beautiful, gracious, merciful and loving God is He! He has redeemed and brought man to Himself.
"For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus..." - 1 Timothy 2:5