FRIDAY, MARCH 16
“Then Simon Peter, having a sword, drew it and struck the high priest’s servant and cut off his right ear. (The servant’s name was Malchus.) So Jesus said to Peter, ‘Put your sword into its sheath; shall I not drink the cup that the Father has given Me?’”
John 18:10-11 (ESV)
CLOSE TO THE TRUTH: HIS PASSION
“This is going to hurt me, worse than it’s going to hurt you.” These are the words many of us heard just before our parents used a belt or switch to spank us as a punishment for bad behavior. And many of us thought, “then why don’t we switch places and you let me spank you?” Until we become parents, we won’t understand the pain that comes with having to discipline your children out of love for them.
In John 18, Jesus was about to take our spanking. Jesus referenced the “cup” that the Father had given Him. That “cup” was a cup of suffering and punishment for our sins. It’s also interesting to note, it was the cup the Father had given Him. It would be easy to blame the Jews or Romans for Jesus’ arrest and death on the cross, but Jesus clearly stated this was the plan of God. God was going to use sin to destroy sin. It’s also interesting to note that Judas was an eyewitness to Jesus’ passion for the world, which is synonymous with His suffering for the world. Yet Judas never became a follower. It’s a divine mystery why so many can hear of Jesus passion and sacrificial suffering for them and still not place their faith in Him.
These verses are a good reminder of how much Jesus loves us in word and deed. They are also a great reminder that God can take the worse sin the world can deliver and use it for our best. Thank Jesus for taking the punishment for your sins. Ask God to help you live a life that reflects a gratitude for His passion for you.
“For this reason the Father loves Me, because I lay down my life that I make take it up again. No one has taken it away from Me, but I lay it down on my own initiative. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This commandment I received from My Father.” (John 10:17-18)