In this sermon, our founding pastor, W. Graham Smith, tells why our Lord Jesus Christ refused to drink from the cup that had been prepared for Him. Here are some excerpts:

Why Jesus Refused to Drink from the Cup

“…When Jesus reached the place of execution on that Good Friday morning, the kindly ladies were already there, and stepping forward, they offered Him the cup they had prepared for Him. But no sooner had He tasted it than He realized what it was, and very graciously but very deliberately He declined it.  It was the one and only cup which He refused to drink. I wonder why He refused to drink it? His action in declining it reveals, I believe, in a very striking manner, His own personal attitude toward His sufferings and death.

  1. He knew that the drinking of that drug would have marred the crowning work of His life
  2. Our Lord died of His own free will
  3. He wanted to be a Savior Who could help us when we face our Calvary…”

No Regrets

Our blessed Lord does not regret His sufferings, for as a result of what He endured, He has made it possible for us poor helpless sinners, in our spiritual rags, to be welcomed home to our Father’s house; for on the Cross He took our place and bore our sins…”

“…Blaise Pascal, in a sentence of deep insight, exclaims, “Jesus will be in an agony until the end of the world!” It is the agony of being rejected by those whom He came to save…”

“…May each of us help to lessen his agony by offering Him our sins that they may be washed away in His precious blood; by offering Him our talents, our devotion, our will, that they may be used by Him; by offering Him our all, that we may glorify Him in our mortal bodies!…”


Graham has a lot more to say about this topic. If you would like to learn more, please download and read the attached transcript of the sermon, as the above excerpts do not even scratch the surface. If you would like to do a word search on the transcript, download the file, and then open the file with your web browser after downloading and use your browser’s find feature.


July 10, 1994

Matthew 27:34

Rev. W. Graham Smith

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