The High Price of our Salvation
…saying, “Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me; nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done.” Luke 22:42
Alone in the garden late at night, Christ falls to the earth. He begins to sweat the sweat of terror. The tiny blood capillaries in His sweat glands burst and He begins to sweat ‘great drops’ of blood. He is undergoing an extreme medical condition known as hematidrosis. He prays that if it is at all possible, this cup of suffering (the cross) may be taken from Him. But Heaven responds with a resounding ‘No.’ There is literally no other way for God to be reconciled with man other than for the innocent to suffer for the guilty; the sinless to die for the sinful. Sin must be punished, God’s justice must be upheld, His righteousness must be vindicated for man to be granted the opportunity to be legally forgiven. In the garden amidst agony of soul almost unto death, Christ takes that cup and becomes our substitute. The sins of every man, woman, and child; past, present, and future; with all their associated guilt, shame, and deserving punishment, passes into Him as He becomes our sin offering. The spiritual pressure is crushing; it is more than a human being could bear, so God sends an angel to strengthen Him. Had Christ said “no” to this cup, He would have avoided His own death, but we would have been eternally lost. Gethsemane means an ‘oil press’, and here the son of God was pressed in the vice of eternal justice as He began to give His life as a sacrifice for ours. No further price can ever be paid, for no further sacrifice for my sins is needed, because Jesus paid it all as He took that cup on our behalf. Hallelujah!
Prayer: Lord, I thank You for Your willingness to send Your son to suffer and die in my place. Thank You, Jesus, for taking that cup, and experiencing sin and separation from God, so that I could be forgiven and reconciled back to God. Help me to communicate this wonderful act of grace to my generation. In Jesus’ mighty name, Amen.
Scriptures for Reflection: Luke 22:39-46; Rom 12:1; Isaiah 53:1-12; Ps 22:1-31; Heb 10:10; 1 Pet 1:18-20