What are You Eager For?


Luke 22:15 – “And Jesus said to them, ‘I have earnestly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer.”

What do you want to do? If you could do anything right now what would it be? Who would you be with? What would you be doing? Where would you be?  In Luke chapter 22, Jesus looked at His disciples and told them I want to spend time with you all.  I want to eat this Passover, I want to be right here, right now in this Upper room.  I want to do this before I suffer. 

Jesus knew that the suffering of the cross was right around the corner, and He knew that before He went to the cross and suffered the horrible torture that was in front of Him that He had to eat this Passover meal with His disciples.  He had to do it and He wanted to do it.  That’s not that amazing is it? We all have things that we have to do and things that we want to do, but what is amazing is that Jesus knew that He had to eat this meal with His disciples before He suffered, and He still said I have eagerly desired to eat this meal with you.  In other words I am eager to go to the cross.  Eager to suffer!?

Why was He eager? Because He knew that on that cross, He would purchase our freedom, He would enable us to be forgiven, and He would give us the ability to be reconciled to God.  He eagerly desired to do that for us. 

Of course humanly speaking He still struggled.  He dreaded the physical pain and agony of the cross, and even more than that He dreaded the separation from God the Father. That is why He prayed, “Father if it is possible take this cup from me, yet not my will but your will be done.”  Still He eagerly desired to go to the cross, He was resolved to it for you and for me.  We call the day that Jesus was crucified, “Good Friday”.  That always seemed strange to me, to the point that when I was younger I would hardly utter the words together, but now I realize why we call it that.  The crucifixion was one of the most horrific events in the history of the world (I say the most horrific but others argue that the fall of Adam and Eve in the garden was the worst event in history), and yet it became “Good” because of what it means to you and me. 

Through the cross you and I are given forgiveness, reconciliation with God, peace, freedom, and forgiveness.  Through the cross you and I are also delivered from our guilt and our sins.  Through the cross you and I are loved by God and we have the promise that nothing can ever separate us from that love.  The cross is a good event for you and for me.  The cross changes everything.  For on that cross, Jesus became the propitiation for us.  What does that mean? It means that He took the wrath of God in our place. 

In the Old Testament we are told of the coming “cup of the wrath of God.”  The book of Revelation bears this out as well.  In other words there is coming a day of wrath, a day when the cup is poured out and God’s wrath fills the earth. 

Jesus was certainly familiar with that imagery and He prayed for the cup to be taken from Him.  He prayed not to experience the wrath of God.  But then He willingly got up from prayer and faced His betrayer in the Garden, knowing that when He did the cross and the wrath of God were waiting on Him. 

It was there in that Garden that Peter, His disciple, tried to defend Him when the betrayer came.  Jesus however told him to put his sword away because He was going to “drink the cup that the Father had given Him.”  In other words He said I am willing to take the cup, I am willing to drink the cup, I am willing to suffer and to die and so He resolutely set His face towards the cross, and there He drank the cup.

Not the physical cup, He said I am thirsty, but when they offered Him a drink of “sour wine”, He refused it.  Most of the time the ones being crucified took the sour wine because it dulled the pain at least a little bit.  Jesus however didn’t take it, He had another cup to drink, the cup of the wrath of God.  A terrible, horrible cup, one that caused so much agony, the writers of the Gospels didn’t record a lot of the details of the crucifixion for us.  It was that painful to watch and to think about.  It was a gruesome cup, and yet Jesus drank it.  In fact He drank it eagerly, because He loved us that much. 

Jesus took the cup of the wrath of God in our place.  He drank it for us, and the reality is that we either accept His drinking of it for us, or one day we will have to drink it.  The cup of the wrath of God is going to be poured out.  Poured out upon the earth and poured out in a place called hell.  The Bible tells us that hell is a place “reserved for the devil and his angels,” in other words it is not a place prepared for us. God doesn’t want anyone to perish but all to come to repentance.   Still the Bible makes it clear that sin must be punished, that wrath will be poured out, and unless a person is covered by the blood of Christ, it will be poured out on them. 

Jesus eagerly drank the cup, so we wouldn’t have to.  You are loved deeply and wonderfully by Almighty God.  The question becomes are you eagerly trusting in and following Him or are you eagerly living your life for yourself, waiting whether you know it or not on the coming wrath of God.