Our cups run over
REV. RUBY ANN DARLING
Published: May 02, 2013
O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me. – Matthew 26:39
With the ever-darkening events that are increasing on a daily basis, the national table of our country is crowded with bitter cups of violence, murder, robberies, thefts, dysfunctional families, lack of parental guidance, teenage pregnancies, low grades in education, poor work ethic, lack of respect for law and order and the list can go on and on.
Because we live in a world of imperfections, systems are put in place to combat and stem the flow when events that are not favorable for national growth arise. We say system because it becomes the accepted and respected hallmark for national wellness.
After the fall of man, God always had in place prophets, priests and kings who heralded messages of hope and warnings to the people. Those who accepted were blessed and those who did not were severely punished.
The disobedience and sins of mankind had become so great and offensive to God that the great question of all ages was echoed throughout heaven: Who will go and redeem mankind from its sins?
Jesus answered the call and Paul says in Galatians 4:4, “But when the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, to redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.”
In this 26th chapter of the gospel according to Matthew, there are a series of events that lead up to Jesus’ cry of anguish to his Father. There was the prediction and plot — the anointing by Mary during the meal at Simon’s home — Judas’ offer of betrayal, preparations for the Passover meal, a foretelling of betrayal during the breaking of bread and drinking of the cup.
Perhaps, dear readers, you would wonder why this text since we are well on our way to the Ascension of Jesus. Such things as in the calendar of the church are behind us.
Last Saturday I had occasion to board the Fast Ferries at Potter’s Cay Dock for a day trip to Spanish Wells. The reputation of that company is if you are not there on time, then you are left behind. I was completely shocked as I entered Potter’s Cay at the amount of empty plastic cups that were littering the shacks. Wow! What a sight early in the morning. Mind you I had this experience some years ago as I passed Arawak Cay.
Then I began to think. Each cup represented a person, a home, a family, a brotherhood, nationhood. When are we going to march against the years of erosion — socially, mentally, physically and spiritually — that alcohol has done to the upward, onward, forward momentum of our land? There is an evil plan of the devil to keep us drunk and incoherent in our thoughts, plans and deeds so that when we do sober up everything will be gone.
All the sins of mankind were with Jesus as He went with his disciples to Gethsemane. Wanting to pray, He instructed eight of the disciples to stay outside, but took Peter, James and John with him. He told them that he was experiencing anguish and sorrow. Really he wanted them to give him moral support and sympathy. He asked them to watch with him.
Going a short distance from the three, He fell prostrate on the ground and cried out to his Father to save Him from the ordeal at hand. The “cup” was too bitter. All the sins of times past, present and future were in that cup — my sins and yours. However, in obedience to the cause that brought Him from the splendor of Heaven to a sinful world, He was willing and ready to do his Father’s will.
Today we present to our heavenly father all the evil deposited and committed in the cups of sin that plague our nation. We are at a dangerous crossroad in our country. People are frustrated, bewildered and perplexed. Jobs are scarce, money is hard to come by, mortgages are far behind, rent is in arrears, lights are off, school fees are unpaid, cars are being repossessed and stress levels are playing havoc on mental and physical health. Our cups run over.
We cry out to you heavenly Father so that only through righteousness, and not legislation, the contents of our cups in their present state may be changed to oil for healing, blessings and our national wellness.
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