The cup which my Father hath given me, shall I not drink it?—John 18: 11.
How the grace of humility shines out in all the little affairs of our dear Redeemer's ministry; even at the moment of His surrender to His enemies He does not boast that His course is a voluntary one, nor seek praise as a martyr! He declares the simple truth that the Father required this of Him as an evidence of His personal loyalty to Him. He confesses Himself a servant of God, a Son who learned obedience by the things which He suffered. No other lesson, perhaps, is more needed by the Lord's followers than the one of willingness to drink the cup which the Father pours—a recognition that the Father is guiding and directing in our affairs because we are His, as disciples of the Anointed One.
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The cup symbolizes experiences of bliss or woe; and as nothing happens to the saints, and as all things coming into their lives are of the Father's will, they recognize their experiences as the cup that the Father offers them to drink. As it was to their Master, it should be to them a self-evident matter that they drink it always with a contented mind and, as far as possible, with a thankful and appreciative heart, to God's glory and others' and their own profit.
Parallel passages: Job 13: 15; Psa. 119: 75; Jer. 10: 19; Matt. 20: 22; 26: 39, 42; Luke 22: 20; Rom. 5: 3-5; 1Cor. 10: 16, 21; 2Cor. 7: 4; Phil. 3: 8; Psa. 23: 5; 116: 13; Isa. 51: 22, 23.
Questions: What have been this week's experiences in line with this text? How were they borne? In what did they result?
THE ANGEL OF GETHSEMANE
'TWAS midnight, and the Man of Sorrows took
His chosen three,
And sought with weary step the shelter of Geth
To pray, His soul exceeding sorrowful, e'en unto
And heavy laden with the sin and woe of all the
In agony of bloody sweat He fell upon His face,
And cried, with tears, "My God, My Father, if it
be Thy will,
Oh, let this cup of shame and numbering with trans
If it be possible! Yet not My will, but Thine be
And then His thoughts turned to the sacrifice,—a
fear bore down
With agonizing weight upon His heart, lest to comply
With every jot and tittle of the Law, He might have
He saw the priestly type, He knew eternal death
Should He seek to pass the second veil unworthily.
Eternal death! Oh, anguish inexpressible, to see
No more His Father's face! He sought His well-
Perchance they might refresh His fainting heart with
some sure word
Of prophecy. Alas! Their eyes were heavy and
Three times He sought them, and three times in vain!
Yet He was heard
In that He feared. The Father sent a heavenly
To touch with tender, strengthening hand that dear,
And whisper, " 'I, the LORD, in righteousness have
I Will hold Thine hand, and keep Thee.' Neither shalt
Thou 'fail nor be
Discouraged.' Lo, Thou art 'a Priest forever, and a
Upon Thy throne, like to Melchisedec.' And Thou
The travail of Thy soul, and shalt be satisfied.'"
Revived, He knew His Father's faithful Word could
He knew it would accomplish that whereunto it was
He rose, and from that hour went forth to trial and
In peace,—a calmness born of perfect confidence in God.
How oft, throughout the many-centuried "night" of
this dark Age,
The Father's "little ones" have knelt in sad Geth
To pray! E'en now the Garden's shade re-echoes
with the cry
Of God's elect, "How long, oh, Lord, how long
until we see
The travail of our soul? How long until Thou shalt
Thine own elect, who cry to Thee, with tears, both
night and day?
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Dear Lord, oh, use me as the Angel in Gethsemane!
Oh, fill me with Thy holy Spirit of Divinest love!
Oh! make me sympathetic, wise, that every anguished
May come, nor seek in vain for consolation from
And strengthened, comforted, go forth to prison or
To suffer patiently the cruel mockings of the tongue;
To bear the cross unto the bitter end, then calmly say,
" 'Tis finished," and with faith unwavering pass be
neath "the veil!"
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