Today, I am happy to bring you a guest post by my friend, Pastor Jeremy Lundmark. Jeremy is the pastor of Community Baptist Church. He lives with his wife, Alison and their kids in Apalachin, New York. He is a husband, daddy, pastor, and author. You can connect with Jeremy:
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For this special #Furyfragment I wanted to give Pastor Jimmy Proulx’s readers something that is very near to my heart. The Fury of God is not just a secondary theological concern. It strikes at the very heart of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
In order to demonstrate the essential nature of this theological truth, I take readers to a ceremony that should be a regular part of every believer’s worship: The Lord’s Supper. In many churches the Lord’s Table is observed once a month as a regular reminder of what Jesus Christ did on the cross. It is a ceremony of remembrance, of communion, and of promise as we look ahead to Christ’s return.
In Chapter 10 of The Fury Of God, A Tale of Two Cups, I ask readers to sit down with me at the Lord’s table, and consider the cup of the Lord’s table a little more deeply.
When I was a kid, I loved to mix soda. Whenever our family
went out to eat at a restaurant that had soda dispensers, I would
take my cup and add a little bit of every single brand of soda. As I
did this, I always tried to get an equal amount of each soda to get
the perfect, balanced, mix. When Jesus Christ went to the cross,
both the cup of God’s blessing and the cup of His wrath were
mixed into one person. On the cross, Jesus drank the cup of the
wrath of God for His people, those whom the Father had given
Him, and those who would ultimately receive Him. Furthermore,
He also poured out the cup of God’s blessing onto those same
people. These two cups are ultimately symbolized in the cup
of the Lord’s Table. The Apostle Paul tells us that the two cups
become one cup of blessing and communion:
The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the
communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we
break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ? For
we, though many, are one bread and one body; for we all
partake of that one bread. ~1 Corinthians 10:16,17 (NKJV)
When we, as believers in Christ, join together to participate
in the Lord’s supper we all drink from the cup as commanded by
our Lord. It is interesting to me that the story of Jesus’ anguish
over the cup of God’s wrath in the Garden of Gethsemane is
directly preceded in Luke 22 by these familiar words of Jesus:
And He took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave
it to them, saying, This is My body which is given for
you; do this in remembrance of Me. Likewise He also
took the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new
covenant in My blood, which is shed for you. (NKJV)
The cup symbolizes the wrath of God that was transferred,
or imputed, to Christ, from those who believe. It stands as a
bitter reminder of the depth of our wickedness, the severity
of the cost of our sin, and the high price that Jesus paid on our
behalf when He died in our place.
The cup also represents the blessing that has been poured
out on all who believe. In the cup of the Lord’s Table, we see
Christ becoming the fulfillment of the blessings mentioned in the
Psalms. For believers in Christ, Jesus is the cup of our salvation.
Further, it is because of Christ and Christ alone, that our cup
runs completely over. All believers can say that in Christ they
are more than satisfied. We who are in Christ have more than
we could have expected, and most certainly more than we ever
This #FuryFragment was taken from Chapter 10 of The Fury of God. To order the book visit www.FuryOfGod.com, Westbow Press, major book retailer website, or visit your local bookstore and ask for The Fury of God.