In Matt. 26:26-46, Jesus prayed on three different occasions during the night about the cup He was to drink. "O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt." There are several verses in the Bible which use the cup as a symbol. In Ps.11:6 the cup contains God's cursing. In Ps.16:5 it contains God's blessing. Ps 75:8 speaks of a cup in the Lord's hand. These verses also mention the cup symbolically : Isa.51:17-23; Job 21:7-20; Jer. 25:15-28; Hab. 2:12-16;
Mt. 20:20-23; Rev. 14:9-12; Rev.16:17-21; Rev. 17:1-7; Rev. 18:1-8
Now please read Matt. 26:26-46 and notice that the cup is not death, as some people suppose. Jesus is not praying the cup of death be removed from Him. John 3:16, John 10:17-18 and John 12:20-33 as well as many other verses prove that He was in full agreement concerning His death for the world. He did not fear death and He was not unwilling to die. The things in the cup were what He prayed so strongly about. Notice:
1. Your sin, my sin was in the cup. The sin of the whole world was in the cup. 2 Cor. 2:21 tells us He became sin for us. When He drank the cup, He became guilty of all the sin of the world. God (watch here) "Laid on Him the iniquity of us all." Isa 53:6.
2. And because He "became sin for us", our separation from God was in the cup. You and I deserve to be separated from God for our sinful condition, But Jesus is the sinless, Son of God and had never been separated from the Godhead through all the eons of time. Notice in Matt. 27:46, Jesus was forsaken of God the Father before He died! "My God, My God, why hast thou forsaken me?"
3. Third, because He was now sin for us, and separated from God for us, He also suffered the severity of the wrath of God in our place. He felt the sting of sin. (1 Cor. 15:55-57) See also Heb.10:26-31.
Jesus prayed three times in the garden of Gethsemane about the cup He was about to drink (experience) for mankind. It contained our sin, our separation and our severe, deserved wrath from God. See Ps. 116:13 and notice the "cup of salvation." If you accept Christ, believing He died for you, the cup He drank was for you. If you refuse to accept Christ, you will have to drink of the cup of the fierceness of God's wrath and holy indignation forever. Trust Him today!