In the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus described the sufferings He was going to go through as a cup. The cup that He drank symbolically represents our sin, death and all its consequences. Jesus was the sin-bearer, our great redeemer.
There is another cup that we now partake of, and it’s the cup we drink during communion. This cup symbolically represents the new covenant in His blood. As often as we drink it, we remember the cup the Lord drank for us. As we remember what He has done for us, we receive the provisions obtained for our benefit. Communion is not something we partake of because we are worthy or perfect, but to receive all that belongs to us in Christ by faith. When we fall short of His glory, we commune with Him and partake of His glory. When we go through things that are a result of our sinful nature, we remember the divine nature we have in Him.
When we go through suffering, we can relate to what the Lord went through; and He knows what we are going through because He endured it. He gave us the victory over suffering. It is finished. He carried our sorrows and sicknesses. He drank our cup for us and we can now rejoice in the power of His resurrection, from glory to glory!
1 Corinthians 11:25 “In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.’ ”