Are you able to drink the cup that I am about to drink ?” They said to Him, “We are able” (Matthew 20:22).
Whether or not the disciples could drink from the cup was a question of their willingness to embrace the responsibilities associated with being a follower of Jesus. It is a cup of sacrifice; never convenient, and comes at great personal expense. It is a cup filled with duty and a cost of such degree that Jesus prayed and asked the Father to “take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done” (Matthew 22:42). This is the bottomless cup from which we drink throughout the day.