Sugar? Coffee? Water? All familiar requests. Cups were in existence before history was recorded. Peoples ‘cupped’ their hands together for drinking and then came various cups made from hollowed-out gourds, shells, animal horns, carved rocks and even skulls! Cups are made from glass, paper, wood, plastic, china, stone, etc. These vessels used for drinking and carrying liquids, we all know, are a simple and yet significant item.
Historically cup bearers were hired to sample drinks before monarchs, fearful for their thrones, took a drink. If there was poison in the cup, the king wouldn’t be taken down, his cup bearer would. A cup was involved in an old Hebrew Custom. If a man offered a woman a drink and she drank, they were betrothed. If not, no marriage would take place. But more significant than either of these was the phrase “drinking of the cup” which eventually symbolized sharing the contents of the cup. Whatever was appointed for the drinker, that one person would accept for good or bad, joyful or sorrowful whatever his ‘cup’ held.
I love this quote about Jesus: “He consented to drink the cup of suffering in order to bequeath the cup of salvation to the world. His struggle in the garden and temptation to avoid drinking the cup made His conquest all the more victorious.”
“When supper was ended, He (Jesus) took the cup also, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant (ratified and established) in My blood. Do this as often as you drink it and call me (affectionately) to remembrance.” I Corinthians 11:25
Someone has also said this: “He swallowed the bitterness of its contents, willing to drink the poison to sacrifice His life for others.” When I think of this particular cup that Jesus drank on my behalf, I realize that it was not simple and yet of all cups, it has been the most significant one in all time and history.
It makes me ask the question and wonder at my own answer “May I have a cup of…
… whatever you appointed me to drink, Jesus?”