Jesus said to them, “You do not know what you are asking. Can you drink the cup that I drink or be baptized with the baptism with which I am baptized?” Mark 10:38 NABRE
Jesus is approached by two disciples asking if they can have seats at His right and left when He comes into His glory. Jesus is unable to grant their request, but asks them a question. Can they drink the cup He will drink and be baptized into the baptism He will be baptized. Jesus’ baptism is a birth from above (John 3:3.) All baptism begins in death and a rising into a new life. Today we symbolically use water to represent this baptism, how much we believe we actually die is not always clear. Though many Christians like baptism as a sign of declaring whose they have become. Jesus’ baptism begins on the cross, His death is the first step in a life from above for Him and available to us. The cup Jesus refers to could be the Four Cups taken during the Passover meal, a reminder of the promise of God. Each cup represents a different term of deliverance; in Exodus we read, “… I am the LORD. I will free you from the burdens of the Egyptians and will deliver you from their slavery. I will redeem you by my outstretched arm and with mighty acts of judgment. I will take you as my own people, and I will be your God; …” (6:6-7) Every Jew would know the Four Cups, 1) I will free you, 2) I will deliver you, 3) I will redeem you, and 4) I will be your God. These four cups are taken at every Passover meal. Jesus drinks the cups of redemption, freeing us, delivering us, redeeming us and taking us as His own.
Jesus tells these disciples they will be baptized and drink the cup He drinks. He understands their commitment to delivering the message of the gospel. We too should seek to be baptized and drink from Jesus’ cup.
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