“Am I not to drink the cup the Father has given Me?”
– Jesus (John 18:11, CSB)
Jesus staggers me with his resolve. Peter cuts off a guys ear, a cohort arrives to arrest Jesus, adrenaline is rushing and nerves are at a breaking point, and Jesus is calmly resolved. Sure he’s a bit nervous and trembling at the most gargantuan task a man has ever faced. But he’s still calmly and steadily obeying the Father’s will and leading his disciples. He just made provisions to protect them from arrest. Now he commands them to put away the sword. Why?
Because Jesus is to drink the cup the Father has given him. This determined obedience guides all of Jesus’ actions in this scene, and in his life as a whole.
If Jesus were not obedient, we could not be reconciled to God or enjoy any of the grace we have received and will receive. I love Jesus for his resolve that opened the floodgates of heaven’s grace to us sinners!
Secondly, there is an example here to follow: Obey the Lord’s will with steady and resolved obedience at all times, especially in the times of greatest trial, pressure, and pain. Jesus did. And because he did, so must we.