During the Christmas season every morning I drank from a different Christmas cup and shared it on Facebook. That was so much fun, like having coffee with friends every morning.
This morning as I reached for my morning cup of coffee I thought about my favorite cups. There are many kinds of cups: tea cups, grandmama’s cup, mugs, and the list goes on.
But this morning I’m thinking of another cup. This cup is a cup of healing, deliverance, freedom and joy. This cup came at a very high price to the giver and is free to the taker. The communion cup. It too comes in many shapes and sizes, but the one size fits all who would drink from it.
At our church we have been encouraged to take communion in our homes every day in preparation for the coming year. This has already become so special to us. At some time during the day BJ and I share communion with each other and the Lord. BJ was gone for a couple of days and I took communion with just me and the Lord. How wonderful to have this privilege and freedom. I encourage you to take time to do the same in your home too.
As you lift that cup you remember the cost. It cost Him everything. Isaiah 53 says, “But the fact is, it was our pains he carried—our disfigurements, all the things wrong with us…. But it was our sins that did that to him, that ripped and tore and crushed him—our sins! He took the punishment, and that made us whole. Through his bruises we get healed…. We’ve all done our own thing, gone our own way. And God has piled all our sins, everything we’ve done wrong, on him, on him. He was beaten, he was tortured, but he didn’t say a word.” (The Message)
It’s very sobering to stop and meditate on that scripture. To remember.
Yet later in Isaiah 61 he explains why he was willing to suffer. “To give them beauty for ashes, The oil of joy for mourning, The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness.” (The NKJV)
So this cup, this precious cup, is two fold. It is the cup of His suffering, but it becomes the cup of His joy.
Do you feel your life is turning to ashes? Drink from this cup and exchange your ashes for His beauty. Are you mourning the loss of dreams, hopes or someone special? Drink from this cup and exchange your loss for His joy and dare to hope again. What’s happening in your life today that causes you to be heavy hearted? Drink from this cup and exchange your heaviness for a spirit of praise and thanksgiving.
I would love to hear from you as you share this cup with Him. It’s made such a difference for us. My prayer is that it will make a difference for you too.