While I understand the Trinity in my head-knowledge, wrapping my heart around the triune God, is sometimes a struggle. I get the doctrine. I get the theological arguments. But, when it gets right down to it and think of Jesus walking this earth and living a perfect life, I find myself thinking “well of course He could do it right, duh, He’s God,” and I sometimes forget the part about Him being fully human. Then, I ran by this little nugget of a Resurrection Sunday video (The Fifth Cup) by The Skit Guys. In the video, it talks about how part of Israel’s celebration of the Passover (Seder) included pouring glasses of wine. Four cups were filled to represent the promises of God in delivering the the Hebrew children from slavery. The first four cups represented:
But there was also a fifth cup, and it represents the perfect wrath of a perfectly just God. The video talks about how that cup, while we fully deserve to drink from/of it, was never intended for us, but for God, in the person of Jesus Christ, and this, before the foundations of the Earth were laid!
Now fast-forward about 1531 years from the first passover to a seen just outside the walls of the city of Jerusalem — the garden of Gethsemane where Jesus prayed the prayer…
“Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass by…” This was the fifth cup… the cup of God’s perfect wrath filled from a perfectly just God. Christ, as the human Son of God, fully human, did not want to drink that cup of wrath. If there were any other way, the fully human part of the trinity wanted with all desperation to avoid it. So much so that the intensity of His prayer caused Him to sweat blood! The fullness of His humanity met the fullness of His divinity in this moment, “but not by my will (human), but by Your will (Divine).”
We are able to fully see Christ’s humanity in the draw of His flesh, but the perseverance in submitting to the will of His Father in accepting the task laid before Him. He drank full of the fifth cup for MY sake. Took upon Himself, in the fulness of humanity, the fullness of my sin and the wrath intended for me. He wanted the cup to pass by Him in the garden of Gethsemane, but drank it in, for me, on the Cross of Calvary, on the hill of Golgotha! Burying my sins forever in the tomb, separating them from me as far as the east is from the west.
But the story doesn’t end there… Three days later, he rose from death and defeated death, the the end result of my sin. (That is a whole other post.)
The bottom line… So often we think in terms of the divinity of Jesus and think, “it was easy for Him; He is God after all.” But, in that second garden (in the first garden, man failed, in the second garden, the Son of man succeeded), a God who felt all of the tugs of human flesh succeeded and satisfied the requirements for justice from a perfectly just God.
Lord God, Thank You for the plan You set in place “before the foundations of the earth where laid.” Thank You for Your Son who, fully human, followed Your will despite the draws of the fullness of His humanity. And, thank You for the insights You give through the gifts of Your faithful followers.
Have you had and encounter with Christ where He demonstrated the fullness of His humanity and fullness of His Divinity? Please Share…