“For exaltation comes neither from the east. Nor from the west nor from the south. But God is the Judge: He puts down one, and exalts another. For in the hand of the Lord there is a cup, and the wine is red; it is fully mixed, and He pours it out; surely its dregs shall all the wicked of the earth drain and drink down.” Psalm 75:6–8
There are a handful of passages in scripture that make mention to the drinking of God’s cup of wrath being the lot of the wicked after God has declared his judgment. Today’s passage from Psalm seventy five is one of them, Jeremiah twenty five contains another, Revelation fourteen contains a third. In Revelation sixteen we find a fourth passage where a series of sevens bowls containing the judgments of God are poured out upon the earth as acts of judgment upon the beast and his followers.
In the Gospels there is yet another mention of the cup of God’s judgment being drank by one suffering under his wrath.
In the garden of Gethsemane as Jesus was praying, just a short time before he would be arrested, he pled with God that he would not be required to drink the cup. If there was any other way of winning our salvation Jesus begged that that would be the path that would be taken. Then in submission Jesus said the five words that committed himself to the path of sacrificing himself so that you and I need never taste the bitter draught of God’s wrath and judgments against sinners, “Nevertheless, thy will be done.”
With those words Jesus agreed to take our sin, our guilt, and our condemnation. Far heavier than the weight of the cross, far more brutal than the abuses of the Roman and temple guards, it would be our sins that would break the heart of Jesus and just hours after he’d been nailed to the cross still that heart within his breast.
Because Jesus drank that cup none need ever drink it again. Yet many, perhaps most, chose to reject Jesus as their substitute. They refuse him as their savior, redeemer, and Lord. They exalt themselves and their own wisdom and reason and substitute in his place paths and means of salvation of their own creation, and they condemn themselves to drinking that cup of wrath they could have been spared.
O friend, choose Jesus today. He loves you and his love has already accomplished all that is needed for your salvation and blessing. It’s true that in this life we will have a share in his suffering, as the Gospel continues to wage war with the sinful hearts of men, but soon an eternity of peace will be the reward of all those who have chosen Jesus and endured to the end. O friend, choose Jesus.