I had an encounter with the Lord this week which shook my whole being.
I was worshiping the Lord and giving Him thanks for His judgments (eternal decrees) upon my life and all that He did for me on the cross. I was rejoicing and simply having a wonderful, spontaneous moment with Him just before getting ready for work.
Suddenly I saw Him in the garden of Gethsemane. He was bowed down and groaning heavily. There were tears running down His face and He looked awful. He had a silver goblet in His hand, but it was filled with a black inky like substance with a green gunge on top. There were all sorts of gruesome living things squirming in it and it stank. I was utterly revolted and my whole being, my mind, my emotions and my body began convulsing. I began to wail in disgust and horror. Then I heard Him ask the Father to PLEASE find another way to do this rather than having to swallow the stuff in this cup. Then His deep cries stopped and softly He told the Father that if there was no other way He would drink this cup.
On the other hand, I could not take it. I was terrified. Then He looked at me, and with a soft tender voice, filled with more love than I had ever heard or imagined, said, “Yvonne, this is your cup!” Tears began to stream down my face. I looked away as I did not know what to say or how to respond. I knew that if He drank this cup He would be punished for all my sin, my hate, my trespasses and iniquities, my faults, my failures, my stubbornness, my rebellion, etc. He was going to suffer greatly, and He would die. All because of me! All God’s judgment that should be mine would be poured out on Him.
I did not see Him drink the stuff that was in my cup. I simply couldn’t. I stayed on my knees with my face to the ground and just let the tears roll down my face. I did not want to think about it anymore neither did I want to see it.
Then the scene changed, and I saw the Lord walking towards me. He was beautiful and clothed with in all the royalty of a King. I was mesmerized. I stopped crying and just starred at Him. I was enchanted! I was still on my knees. He knelt down, lifted my head and smiled at me. There was a cup in His hand. It was gold and filled with the deepest, most beautiful crimson red I had ever seen. It smelled so sweet and fruity. He held it out to me and said, “Yvonne, this is My cup, take it and drink it.” The grin on His face never faded.
I took His cup and I drank it. He wiped my tears and His joy flooded my heart and soul as I gave thanks through tears of laughter.
God’s beloved, He drank your cup. He has removed all your sin, your sorrow, your guilt and your shame. He has clothed you with a garment called salvation and a robe called righteousness. You are sinless and spotless, without guilt or shame. He has MADE you righteous. Today He decrees (judges) you to be sinless. Not because you do not sin, but because He has already dealt with the penalties. It is in this grace that you stand, and it is this grace, if you will accept it, that will set you free from the bondages of sin and death.
Have a blessed day 😊
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