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You Owe Me 50 Cents

Friday, February 1, 2019

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“Jesus said, ‘I will take the cup of salvation;’ and He did take it – the cup of our deliverance. Bitter were its drops; gall lay in its depths; there were groans, and sighs, and tears, within the red mixture; but He took it all, and drank it to its dregs, and swallowed all the awful draught. All was gone.” – Charles Spurgeon

When I was very young, my maternal grandmother had a unique way of getting us to clean our plates. If we didn’t eat all our meat and all our vegetables, she would charge us 50 cents. Now, to a little kid growing up in the 1960’s, that was a big chunk of change. But we all knew that Nannie meant business and that she would follow through on her not-so-idle threat. And so, my five siblings and I always forced down that last bite or two in order to avoid paying a fine.

Ironically, Nannie’s “clean plate policy” came back to haunt her on one occasion. My PopPop had just died of cancer and Nannie was distraught, which greatly affected her appetite. One day, she was eating dinner but couldn’t finish her meal. Not comprehending the reason why, my sister Noreen pounced on the opportunity.

“Nannie, you owe me 50 cents,” she shouted triumphantly, as if to say “Gotcha!” To my Nannie’s credit, she paid up in full without complaint.

I share that silly childhood story to make the following point: I am eternally glad that Jesus cleaned His plate at Calvary and drank every bitter drop at Gethsemane. Had He chosen to take the easy way out – or to call on 10,000 angels to free Him from the cross – you and I would still be lost in our sins.

Instead, He prayed “not My will but Thine” in the garden; and cried out “It is finished” on Golgotha. Because of that, heaven awaits those of us who have placed our faith and trust in Him.

And so does the Marriage Supper of the Lamb!

“After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the Scripture might be fulfilled, said, ‘I thirst!’ Now a vessel full of sour wine was sitting there; and they filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on hyssop, and put it to His mouth. So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, ‘It is finished!’ And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit.” John 19:28-30 (NKJV)

- Rev. Dale M. Glading, President

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