Journey to the Cross part 7

When he had finished praying, Jesus left with his disciples and crossed the Kidron Valley. On the other side there was an olive grove, and he and his disciples went into it.

Now Judas, who betrayed him, knew the place, because Jesus had often met there with his disciples. So Judas came to the grove, guiding a detachment of soldiers and some officials from the chief priests and Pharisees. They were carrying torches, lanterns and weapons.

Jesus, knowing all that was going to happen to him, went out and asked them, “Who is it you want?”

“Jesus of Nazareth,” they replied.

“I am he,” Jesus said. (And Judas the traitor was standing there with them.) When Jesus said, “I am he,” they drew back and fell to the ground.

Again he asked them, “Who is it you want?”

And they said, “Jesus of Nazareth.”

“I told you that I am he,” Jesus answered. “If you are looking for me, then let these men go.” This happened so that the words he had spoken would be fulfilled: “I have not lost one of those you gave me.”

Then Simon Peter, who had a sword, drew it and struck the high priest’s servant, cutting off his right ear.

(The servant’s name was Malchus.)

Jesus commanded Peter, “Put your sword away! Shall I not drink the cup the Father has given me?”

—John 18:1-11

Finally the moment the disciples have been waiting for!! Jesus is finally going to overthrow the Romans and establish His kingdom here on Earth. Peter draws his sword and begins the attack. Wait, Jesus what are you doing? We will not let you fall into their hands. What put my sword away? You mean to say you are going to let them win? You are just going to hand yourself in? You are bargaining with the them to let us go? Okay, Guys let’s get out of here.

Jesus stands alone, allows himself to be bound and led to the high priests home. Jesus goes peacefully and shows no sign of rebellion. It is almost as if he sees this as an answer to the prayer asking if there was any other way for this to happen. He is willing to drink of the cup he has been given.

How often do we take the cup that the Father has been given us?

How often do we turn the cup down or spit out the contents when it tastes bad?

Many of us want a life free of pain and when we see that our  cup contains pain we turn it down or take a sip and spit it out, looking for a way out.

It reminds me of a scene in Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, where Harry and Dumbledore are going after the locket in the middle of the lake. In order to retrieve the locket, Dumbledore must drink a potion that makes him go temporarily out of his mind. Harry then must continue to give the potion to Dumbledore.

Dumbledore knew he must drink, but needed Harry to continue giving him more in order to reach the goal of getting at the locket. However unlike Christ, Dumbledore had no clue what the potion was about to do to him. He could have spit out the potion, given up and left, but continued to drink. I wonder how the Harry Potter series would have been different had Dumbledore given up, left, and never returned.

Christ took the cup he was given and even though He knew what it entailed, he was willing to go the full distance. Ultimately ending in His Death.


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