When Jesus offered His disciples the cup after supper he followed it with this promise: “But I say to you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in My Father’s kingdom.” Jesus waits on the consummation of all things to have his next glass of wine.
But there was anothercup waiting for Him. He would leave this warm, pleasant room and head to the Garden of Gethsemane, where the cup of God’s wrath was presented to Him. A cup full of pain and cursing. It hurt to even look at it.
At the sight of that cup there was sorrow and as that sorrow grew he began to bleed from His pores and at that moment the Savior prayed, “O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.” He would drink this cup down to the bitter dregs.
He offers you a third cup… a cup of blessing and not cursing. You see, His cup was bitter with sin while yours is sweetened with grace, peace, mercy. His tasted of betrayal; you taste communion. His cup was full of stripes and hammer blows; yours is full healing. He willingly took up His cup and He bids you to do the same. Come to Him, believing saints of the most high God, for His body is food indeed and His blood is drink indeed. Next time you are offered this cup at the table – take it and drink it down.