365 Prophecies: Prophecy 119
At the crucifixion of the Messiah, He will be given vinegar to drink.
Old Testament Prediction:
Psalms 69:21 “They also gave me gall for my food, And for my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink.”
New Testament Prediction:
Matthew 27:34-35 “…they gave Him sour wine mingled with gall to drink. But when He had tasted it, He would not drink. Then they crucified Him…”
Wine that had turned bitter in the process of becoming vinegar was the common drink of Roman soldiers. This is why it was readily available by the Roman soldiers who were nearby, observing Jesus on the cross. When Jesus spoke the words, I thirst, this bitter wine was offered to Him on a sponge that was placed at the end of a long pole or spear. Although this wine had turned bitter, it still maintained the intoxicating effects that wine will cause. The soldiers gave Jesus this sour wine to torment Him, knowing that He was suffering such great pain, that He would welcome even the tortuous bitter wine that might numb some of His pain.
The reason that Jesus refused to drink the wine was not due to its bitter taste. This type of wine was offered to a dying criminal because it would numb the pain and suffering, and make his death more comfortable.
Jesus was dying for all of our sins. Because of this, He wanted to take the full effect of God’s wrath, as He bore the sins of all people for all time. Jesus would not permit His suffering to be diminished, nor His pain numbed. Jesus sought no relief from the vicious torture He endured, because He was taking the fury of God’s wrath that we deserved.
Jesus bore the full force of God’s judgement because He was not willing that you should have to bear it yourself. This is how much He loves you, and a practical demonstration of how far Jesus was willing to go to cleanse you of all your sins and give you the blessing of eternal life for trusting in His sacrifice.
There are many who claim that God does not really love people because He allows us to suffer so many perils in our life. They do not consider that the suffering of this present world is not caused by a lack of God’s love, but an abundance of evil men who are committing these terrible acts. We live in a world that has publicly declared—they do not want God to rule over their lives. Countless Millions of people, to this very day, reject, mock, and ignore God’s pleas to be reconciled to Him. Yet, He continues to speak to all of us, throughout every age, and He has demonstrated His love for us by allowing His only Son to suffer and die for our sins. This is so that we might no longer live under the curse of this present world, and experience the Kingdom that Jesus will bring to earth, in which righteousness and peace will prevail.
If we want to know how much God loves us, all we must do is look to the cross. If we want to know how much God hates sin, all we must do is look at how much Jesus suffered for our sins.