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The Prince's Poison Cup

By R.C. Sproul

Hardcover. 38 Pages


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With The Prince’s Poison Cup, Dr. R. C. Sproul continues his series of books designed to present deep biblical truths to children on their own level. In this work, he focuses in on the atonement to show that Jesus had to endure the curse of sin in order to redeem His people from their spiritual death.

When Ella gets sick and has to take yucky medicine, she wonders why something that will help her get well has to taste so bad. When she puts the question to Grandpa, he tells her the story of a great King and His subjects who enjoyed wonderful times together—until the people rebelled against the King and drank from a forbidden well. To their horror, they found that the beautiful water in the well made their hearts turn to stone. To reclaim His people, the King asks His Son, the Prince, to drink from a well of horrid poison. The poison will surely kill the Prince—but He is willing to drink it to please His Father and help His people.

Richly illustrated, The Prince’s Poison Cup will help children appreciate the great love of God for His people and the awful price Jesus had to pay because of sin. A “For Parents” section provides assistance in unfolding the biblical elements of the story.


"The Prince stood up and found the golden cup. Going to the fountain, He held it under the falling water and filled it to the brim. Then He turned to the people and held the cup out to them. “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink,” He called out, and the blowing wind seemed to carry His words throughout the plaza and among the people watching from the shadows..."


This is an excellent portrayal of the relationship of God the father and Jesus and the work that was done on the cross. I read the story to my 3-year old and when I was done I asked, 'Who was this story really about?' She thought for a second and said 'Jesus'!
- Julie

We own four of R. C. Sproul's children's books. This is probably one of my favorite (although I like all of them very much). This is the story of a people created, a people rebelled, and a King's Son who had to drink poison to save the world. It's beautiful. You see creation, fall, redemption, and it celebrates Jesus' obedience to God and his love for mankind. The illustrations are also well done.
- Lauren H.