“The process of spiritual formation in Christ is one of progressively replacing… destructive images and ideas with the images and the ideas that filled the mind of Jesus himself… Spiritual formatting in Christ moves toward a total interchange of our ideas and images for his.” ~Dallas Willard (as quoted by James Bryan Smith, The Good and Beautiful God)
And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, saying, “Drink of it, all of you, for this is my blood of the covenant…” Matt. 26:27
When Jesus raised the cup and declared it his blood, he knew how it would end. Nails and spears. Thorns and gall. Mockery and a set of dice. He was listening to the executioner’s song that night.
And he gave thanks for the cup.
When he chose the twelve, he knew he was choosing them for death. So when he raised his glass and the disciples smiled “cheers,”…