“And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, saying, ‘My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.’”
What was this cup?
Matthew 26:38—”Then he said to them, ‘My soul is very sorrowful, even to death; remain here, and watch with me.’”
As Jesus approached the garden to pray before He was going to die on the cross, His soul was sorrowful even unto death. Then He asked His Father to let this cup pass. This cup may have included the entire experience Jesus was going to face in the next several hours. However, I think the cup He asked God to let pass referred to a specific three hours and it was these three hours that was causing His soul to be sorrowful to the point of death.
“But in reality, His words point to something far different. They point to the fact that when Jesus died on the cross, all of our sins—without exception—were transferred to Him. He was without sin, for He was God in the human flesh. But as He died all of our sins were placed on Him, and He became the final and complete sacrifice for our sins. And in that moment, He was banished from the presence of God, for sin cannot exist in God’s presence. He endured the separation from God that you and I deserve”. From Billygraham.org
Amos 8:9 “And on that day,” declares the Lord GOD, “I will make the sun go down at noon and darken the earth in broad daylight”.
Matthew 27:45–Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land until the ninth hour.
Matthew 27:46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”
Isaiah 53:10—Yet it was the will of the LORD to crush him; he has put him to grief; when his soul makes an offering for guilt,…
Isaiah 53:12–Therefore I will divide him a portion with the many, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong, because he poured out his soul to death and was numbered with the transgressors; yet he bore the sin of many and makes intercession for the transgressors.
Psalms 88:3–For my soul is full of troubles, and my life draws near to Sheol.
Psalms 88:4 I am counted among those who go down to the pit; I am a man who has no strength,
Psalms 88:6–You have put me in the depths of the pit, in the regions dark and deep.
Psalms 88:7–Your wrath lies heavy upon me, and you overwhelm me with all your waves.
Psalms 88:14–O LORD, why do you cast my soul away? Why do you hide your face from me?
Psalms 88:16–Your wrath has swept over me; your dreadful assaults destroy me.
Psalms 88:18–You have caused my beloved and my friend to shun me; my companions have become darkness.
During those three hours of darkness, the heavenly Father was crushing His Son with the weight of all of the sins of mankind. Jesus was separated from His Father, in darkness suffering the wrath of God who was hiding His face from Jesus. In my mind I picture complete darkness that fell upon the land but an even deeper darkness that surrounded Jesus. This darkness was crushing Him like a vice crushing His soul with the wrath of God. He who knew no sin was being crushed for our sins for three hours and finally Jesus yells out, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”
Hebrews 10:10–And by that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
Hebrews 10:14–For by a single offering, he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified.
Hebrews 10:17 then he adds, “I will remember their sins and their lawless deeds no more.”
Romans 5:19–For as by the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous.
Thank you, Jesus that You were willing to be crushed for our sins, that You drank of our cup for us. You were willing to be separated from Your Father and yet You promise that nothing will separate us from Your love. NOTHING.