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Previous Challenge Entry (EDITOR'S CHOICE)
Topic: Cup - 10-25-12 Deadline (10/18/12)

TITLE: The Cup Not Taken
By Lori Othouse
~6th Place


He was alone. Kneeling in a dark garden, sorrowful and exhausted, as His closest friends dozed off only a stone's throw away. Looking up through the trees, His eyes searched for a sign, an indication, anything that would release Him from the task He faced. None came.

Sweat poured from His brow, like blood from an open wound. Blood. His blood, perfect and pure, would soon flow to save them. Even the ones who would betray Him. He shuddered at the thought - not of the certain physical torture that awaited Him, but of having to take on every sin of every person that ever existed. An unimaginable burden that would cause the loving gaze of His Father, albeit momentarily, to turn away from Him.

He had come here willingly. Became humanity to save humanity. But this separation was almost more than even He could bear. In sorrow, He cried out to His Father, a metaphorical cup in His outstretched hands. It was the cup of suffering that would lead to salvation, the only chance for the restoration of mankind. And He, the only one who could drink it.

Far away and unseen, the Father looked down upon His Beloved Son, longing to snatch Him from the grip of the ones He created. The ones who would brutalize and end His life on the Earth. But it was, for them, the only way. And in spite of how they had wrenched and broken His heart, He loved them too much to let them go, to not provide a way back for them to their rightful place with Him.

Jesus wiped the tears from His eyes as the moon cast a pale glow over His face. Shaking with sweat, He uttered one last plea.

"Father," He faltered, "Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me."


Agonizing silence.

The Son of Man bowed His head in submission, "Nevertheless, not My will, but Yours, be done."

Thoughts raced through His mind, random and erratic, as His vulnerable humanness allowed. He thought of His Mother and family - would they be okay? Were His disciples prepared? Had He done all that He came to do? He then felt the gentle presence of one of His Father's angels nearby. How well He knew them. He breathed deeply, taking in its much-needed strength. All He had ever done - every miracle, every teaching, every move and breath - all came down to this night, this moment.

The silence was broken by a multitude of footsteps and voices. It was time. Jesus stood, infused with newfound strength. Drowsy disciples scrambled to their feet, confused and frightened. The time-splitting story of the ages, the ultimate tragedy to triumph, had begun.

A kiss.

A sword.

A healing.

An arrest.

And an ending that was only the beginning. All the while, the cup remained, clutched in the broken, scarred hands of the perfect Lamb of God. The cup that was meant for the guilty, taken willingly by the Innocent. This cup not taken is the cup that now testifies salvation, for everyone forevermore.

Accept Jesus as Your Savior Right Now and be Certain of Eternal Life.

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C D Swanson 10/25/12
Beautiful! Truly beautiful!
Thank you. God Bless~
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 10/25/12
This is beautiful. You did an outstanding job of depicting the agony that Jesus must have gone through. It was on topic and touched my heart.
Marie Hearty 10/25/12
Beautiful. What a touching story. To think of all that Jesus did for us, all he suffered so that we could go to the Father. Great work.

God bless!
Francy Judge 10/27/12
This is a creative and poetic view of God's sacrifice for us. Excellent writing.
Karen Pourbabaee 10/28/12
This piece touches my spirit so profoundly...a vivid poetic masterpiece!
Bea Edwards 11/03/12
I was taken aback in one of those ah ha moments realizing this was the first entry-potentially the only story that utilized the topic in this way. In my mind the most famous cup reference in all history. Well done!