November 27, 2015

Matthew 20_22

Matthew 20:17-28

It is a bold request that the mother of the sons of Zebedee made of Jesus; ask for places of honor for her sons within the kingdom of God. Amazingly, Jesus did not rebuke her or her sons. Instead, Jesus put forth his own question; “Are you able to drink the cup that I am to drink?” Jesus knew the cup he was given by his Father meant he would suffer and die for the sake of God’s people. The cup he is to drink is the cup of God’s salvation, a cup that comes with a cost.

Jesus asks, “Can you drink the cup?” In Faith we answer “Yes, but how?” Jesus gives clear instructions; deny yourself and take up your cross. Drinking the cup of Christ means suffering with him, serving others, enduring hardship, and having faith that God will equip us to do these things. It means putting away our selfish ambitions and extending our hands to meet the needs of the poor, hungry and lost. Drinking the cup means loving God and loving neighbor first, offering our lives to Christ in order to gain life in God’s kingdom.

Can you drink the cup? With God’s help, yes you can.

Prayer: O Lord, give us the strength and the will to drink your cup, that we may follow Jesus’ example of love and service for the sake of others. Amen.

Today’s devotion was written by David Nuottila, Pastor of Union Lutheran Church, Salisbury, NC.

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One Response to November 27, 2015

  1. Danny Ward says:

    The beloved Apostle is the only disciple who did not die a martyr. James, Peter, and the rest did. John did not die, not for the lack of effort from those who wanted him dead. There is a very good book about the apostles called “Thelve Ordinary Men” which reveals a lot more than we might otherwise know. Are we willing to “drink of the cup?” That is the ultimate question.

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