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A Crushing Cup

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1. You are spiritually more vulnerable than you imagine.

Matthew 26:30–35 ESV
30 And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives. 31 Then Jesus said to them, “You will all fall away because of me this night. For it is written, ‘I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.’ 32 But after I am raised up, I will go before you to Galilee.” 33 Peter answered him, “Though they all fall away because of you, I will never fall away.” 34 Jesus said to him, “Truly, I tell you, this very night, before the rooster crows, you will deny me three times.” 35 Peter said to him, “Even if I must die with you, I will not deny you!” And all the disciples said the same.

Probably . The Talmud designated as the Hallel (praise psalms) of Egypt. These psalms were sung at Passover (see notes on ).

Psalm 118 ESV
Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever! Let Israel say, “His steadfast love endures forever.” Let the house of Aaron say, “His steadfast love endures forever.” Let those who fear the Lord say, “His steadfast love endures forever.” Out of my distress I called on the Lord; the Lord answered me and set me free. The Lord is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me? The Lord is on my side as my helper; I shall look in triumph on those who hate me. It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in man. It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in princes. All nations surrounded me; in the name of the Lord I cut them off! They surrounded me, surrounded me on every side; in the name of the Lord I cut them off! They surrounded me like bees; they went out like a fire among thorns; in the name of the Lord I cut them off! I was pushed hard, so that I was falling, but the Lord helped me. The Lord is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation. Glad songs of salvation are in the tents of the righteous: “The right hand of the Lord does valiantly, the right hand of the Lord exalts, the right hand of the Lord does valiantly!” I shall not die, but I shall live, and recount the deeds of the Lord. The Lord has disciplined me severely, but he has not given me over to death. Open to me the gates of righteousness, that I may enter through them and give thanks to the Lord. This is the gate of the Lord; the righteous shall enter through it. I thank you that you have answered me and have become my salvation. The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone. This is the Lord’s doing; it is marvelous in our eyes. This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. Save us, we pray, O Lord! O Lord, we pray, give us success! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! We bless you from the house of the Lord. The Lord is God, and he has made his light to shine upon us. Bind the festal sacrifice with cords, up to the horns of the altar! You are my God, and I will give thanks to you; you are my God; I will extol you. Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever!
- His steadfast Love endures forever.

There is a great danger in overestimating your ability to resist temptation.

Peter thought he wasn’t like everyone else.
Peter though he was stronger, tougher, more spiritual, and immune to the things that plague other men.
He tragically overestimated his ability to resist temptation.

There is a great danger in ignoring Christ’s warnings about human weakness.

Jesus is holding up a caution sign and Peter completely ignores the danger.
Matthew 26:41 ESV
41 Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
Peter tragically overestimated his ability to resist temptation. Peter tragically ignored Christ’s warning about his own weakness.
As a result Peter faced the darkest moments of his life when he very publically disavowed his relationship to Jesus Christ.

History is strewn with the wreckage of those who believed they would never...

2. Christ’s sacrifice was excruciatingly expensive.

Matthew 26:36–38 ESV
36 Then Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to his disciples, “Sit here, while I go over there and pray.” 37 And taking with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, he began to be sorrowful and troubled. 38 Then he said to them, “My soul is very sorrowful, even to death; remain here, and watch with me.”
Matthew 26:36–40 ESV
36 Then Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to his disciples, “Sit here, while I go over there and pray.” 37 And taking with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, he began to be sorrowful and troubled. 38 Then he said to them, “My soul is very sorrowful, even to death; remain here, and watch with me.” 39 And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.” 40 And he came to the disciples and found them sleeping. And he said to Peter, “So, could you not watch with me one hour?
Picture of the Garden of Gethsemane.
Matt 26:36-
Gethsemane means “oil press,” indicating a garden area among the olive groves on the Mount of Olives where olive oil was prepared.
This was the olive press - they place were Christ would be crushed.
says that Jesus sweat was like “drops of blood.”

“This suggests a dangerous condition known as hematidrosis, the effusion of blood in one’s perspiration. It can be caused by extreme anguish or physical strain. Subcutaneous capillaries dilate and burst, mingling blood with sweat.” John MacArthur

This Begs the Question: Why was Jesus in such a state of anguish?

others have faced death without similar experiences. Histrory recordes Christan’s going to their death with song!
Why was Jesus is such a state of anguish?
Please understand this!

Christ bristled at the wrath of God not the cruelty of man.

Matthew 26:39 ESV
39 And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.”
Matthew 26:42 ESV
42 Again, for the second time, he went away and prayed, “My Father, if this cannot pass unless I drink it, your will be done.”

In the ancient times, often people were executed with a cup of terrible poison, a cup of poison that went in and basically emulsified your insides, tore them into pieces, ate you up from the inside, and you died... Because that was the method of execution for many people, the Old Testament, the Hebrew prophets, came to use the cup as a metaphor for the wrath of God on human evil. Tim Keller

When Jesus himself speaks of the cup, it shows he knows that he is facing not just physical torture and death; he is about to experience the full divine wrath on the evil and sin of all humanity. Tim Keller
He went looking for heaven and found hell.
"Christ was going to be cast into a dreadful furnace of wrath, and it was not proper that he should plunge himself into it blindfolded, as not knowing how dreadful the furnace was. Therefore, God brought him and set him at the mouth of the furnace, that he might look in and stand and view its fierce and raging flames, might see where he was going, and might voluntarily enter into it and bear it for sinners as knowing what it was.”

"Christ was going to be cast into a dreadful furnace of wrath, and it was not proper that he should plunge himself into it blindfolded, as not knowing how dreadful the furnace was. Therefore, God brought him and set him at the mouth of the furnace, that he might look in and stand and view its fierce and raging flames, might see where he was going, and might voluntarily enter into it and bear it for sinners as knowing what it was.” Jonathan Edwards

3. Christ’s commitment to love God and love others is unconditional.

His love of God led Christ to submit is will to the Father.

Matthew 26:39 ESV
39 And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.”

Matthew 26:42 ESV
42 Again, for the second time, he went away and prayed, “My Father, if this cannot pass unless I drink it, your will be done.”
The first Adam in the garden says “My will be done”. The second Adam in the Garden says “Thy will be done”!

His love for man led Christ to substitute himself for others.

John 15:13 ESV
13 Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.
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