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Can you drink the cup?

Scripture reading for February 23rd:  Mark 10

Key scriptures for over-comers:  Mark 10:36-39  “What do you want Me to do for you?”  He asked.  They replied, “Let one of us sit at Your right and the other at Your left in Your glory.”  “You don’t know what you are asking,” Jesus said.  “Can you drink the cup I drink or be baptized with the baptism I am baptized with?”  “We can,” they answered.”  

Two of Jesus’ disciples, James and John, had ambitions to have positions of honor in His coming kingdom.  They came to Jesus asking that they be granted this honor.  Jesus never scolded them for their ambition but He never promised them the honor they had asked for.  Rather, He asked them a question:  “Can you drink the cup I drink or be baptized with the baptism I am baptized with?”  In Jewish Scripture and culture, the cup of wine was a symbolic picture of the wrath of God’s judgment on human sin.  (Psalm 75:8)  (Isaiah 51:17)  Jesus was asking them if they were willing to suffer for their faith and place of honor in His kingdom.  He was also reinforcing the fact that He Himself would drink this cup of wrath on all mankind’s behalf.

Observations for over-comers:  It is good to aspire to places of honor in Jesus Christ’s kingdom.  We must count the cost and be willing to lay our life down.  God will decide who is worthy!   “No one from the east or the west or from the desert can exalt a man.  But it is God who judges.  He brings one down, He exalts another.  In the hand of the Lord is a cup full of foaming wine mixed with spices; He pours it out, and all the wicked of the earth drink it down to its very dregs.”  (Psalm 75:6-8)

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