On the day Jesus was arrested, he took his disciples to the place called Gethsemane where he let them wait for him as he prayed. He let Peter and the sons of Zebedee to be with him and then walked a little further to pray. In his prayers he mentioned about the cup. In Matthew 26:39 the Bible says, “And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt” (KJV). In that situation Jesus wanted the will of God to be done and that is what happened.
After Jesus was raised from the dead that is when it became possible for them to have legitimate authority from above. This is how the authority of God has come to us too. It has come to us through Jesus Christ. The authority of God is not about status. It is about being functional so that the world can be saved. The gospel we preach must meet people’s spiritual needs. This is done through the power that raised Christ from the dead which was the actual baptism.
Believers in Christ drink the same cup and get baptized with the same baptism. There is really one baptism. In Ephesians 4:4-5 the Bible says, “There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, one faith, one baptism” (KJV). We are told that there is one baptism and in that baptism we die with Christ and resurrect with him. The old self can not bear witness to that power. Only the new man can proclaim the good news with the demonstration of God’s authority.
When Jesus is speaking to the sons of Zebedee in the Scriptures, can you hear him asking the same question? The question is, “Are ye able to drink of the cup? The sons of Zebedee said that they were able to drink the cup and be baptized with that same baptism.
What is your answer to this question? Are you willingly able?