October 9th, 2018
“Shall I Not Drink It…?
John 18:10-11 (KJB) Then Simon Peter having a sword drew it, and smote the high priest’s servant, and cut off his right ear. The servant’s name was Malchus. 11 Then said Jesus unto Peter, Put up thy sword into the sheath: the cup which my Father hath given me, shall I not drink it?
Jesus Christ immediately rebuked Peter. Poor Peter, he is like many of us. Impulsive and quick to jump to his own conclusions without fully knowing or understanding God’s will in the troubling and trying moments of life.
Peter drew his sword in defense of Jesus.
However, Jesus Christ understood that this moment was according to the will and way of God His Father. This bitter cup was a drink He was meant to drink. There was no need for Peter to defend Jesus, especially with the viciousness of the swipe of a sword. The Truth defends itself.
We are like Peter, trials and troubles come into our lives and we automatically look for a way to weaken the presence of our enemies. Or for a place to dump the glass filled with the will for our life out on the ground rather than deal with any harsh realities or consequences. A man often desires for the glass of his life only to be filled with life’s pleasantries, but often in serving God, His will is often a tough pill to swallow that requires the fuel of faith in God.
It is in these rough times that we can grow and spiritually mature.
Jesus Christ knew that this moment was according to the will of God. Though He could refuse this drink, it was in the best interests of mankind that He drink this cup. Though Peter meant well, God desired to drink the will God had prepared for Him.
Perhaps you have emptied a glass from God on the ground or refused to drink it. Though none of us would be able to consume the drink Jesus Christ did, He made it possible that we can stand spiritually tall inside the will and way of God through Jesus Christ’s sacrifice upon Calvary and to drink that which God has divinely placed in our life.
God gave each of us a will and way as we sojourn in this world. He also gave us spiritual weaponry. Use your sword not to impulsively injure another, like the Apostle Peter, but in conveying the will and way of God.