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Monday, September 15, 2008

The Cup

"O Father ... the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect [complete] in one." (John 17:5,22-23 NKJV)

Then they came to a place which was named Gethsemane ... And He said, "Abba, Father, all things are possible for You. Take this cup away from Me; nevertheless, not what I will, but what You will." (Mark 14:32,36 NKJV)

So Jesus said to them, "You will indeed drink the cup that I drink, and with the baptism I am baptized with you will be baptized." (Mark 10:39 NKJV)

There is a glorious place of bliss which awaits us, found in perfect unity with one another and with Jesus. At the entrance of the path to bliss is a cup. Even Jesus entered glory by drinking from the cup of blood—the cup of commUNION.

To drink the cup requires immersion—baptism—in death to Self, our life and blood poured out in spiritual sacrifice, that we may receive the shared blood of eternal life in a supernatural blood transfusion, which completes and perfects us in unity with God.

The glory, the life, the blood (Hebrew netsach) Jesus offers us is found in the cup He drank and shares with us. Only by trusting in Him are we able to drink it.

Lord Jesus, Your blood is precious drink indeed—the sweetest and most bitter drink we might ever take. Give our souls the faith to lay down each day the desires of self, and to desire only Your life—Your blood—in us. Put in us the strength to say, "Not what I will, but what You will."

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Copyright 2008, Anne Lang Bundy

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