If you’re reading this, you’re probably wondering about the title and the picture. How can God’s wrath be good to the last drop? In short, it is, but that is not that upon which I wish to focus on, but it will come into play in this post. This post however, focuses upon what Christ did today.
To start, let me share this passage of Scripture with you:
“And he withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, and knelt down and prayed, saying, “Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done.” And there appeared to him an angel from heaven, strengthening him. And being in agony he prayed more earnestly; and his sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground.” (Luke 22:41-44)
Christ needed to come before his Father, to pray to Him and ask that what he was about to face, that if it were possible, to take a different route. But God told His son no, this is the only way. As much as it saddened His heart, both God and Jesus knew it had to be done? But what was it that Christ was so afraid of?? Most people think it’s the trials that Jesus was afraid of, knowing what he was about to face. Christ knew what he was gonna face, but it wasn’t the trial and the subsequent beatings–no, what Christ was afraid of was much more fearsome. So fearsome, that Christ sweated blood.
By the way, after Christ was arrested, he went into BEAST-MODE.
Any normal man, having undergone several beatings, a Roman Flogging, having thorns crushed on to his skull, walk a full 1/3 mile to Golgotha, and then endure the exsanguination and suffocation of the cross all the while enduring the scorn and mockery of the crowd would have died long before even being nailed down to the cross. The two thieves that were crucified with Jesus? All they had to endure was maybe a beating before being crucified. If you want an idea of what the Roman flogging entailed, watch the video below from Mel Gibson’s Passion of the Christ (GRAPHIC CONTENT):
By the way, this still doesn’t even come close to what the Romans did.
When Jesus was hanging there on the cross, it became dark. This is the time that God poured out His wrath on Christ, and Jesus took it all. He took on God’s Wrath, endured separation from his Father by becoming sin, even though he didn’t know sin himself, and took on the worse thing imaginable–His Father’s wrath on all of humanity’s sin.
So, why is Jesus taking the cup of God’s Wrath and drinking it all good to the last drop?
“looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Hebrews 12:2)
There was a joy that Jesus knew about in his act of dying on the cross. And that joy was was YOU. Jesus endured the shame, the pain, the wrath of God for you. He bridged the gap between you and God, the gap that no one could cross, and he did it in a way that all you had to do was take a single step towards God and He would embrace you.
Will you embrace God back?