“When they came to a place called Golgotha (which means Skull Place), they gave Jesus wine mixed with gall to drink. But when He tasted it, He would not drink it.”
Going to the dentist isn’t always an enjoyable experience for many. Getting a tooth extracted, a filling or root canal always requires a shot to numb and deaden the feeling of pain. Can you imagine having no medicine to eliminate the pain associated with any of those procedures? Yikes, not me!
For most of my adult Christian life, I have read this verse above without giving it to much thought. However, while having my quiet time this week I was reading this verse closely and wanted to understand why Jesus refused the wine mixed with gall?
And what is gall anyway?…Well, I’m glad you asked.
You see, in Jesus day, “gall” was a kind of pain-killer. It helped lesson or ease the pain of those who were experiencing pain, dying or close to death. In a similar way, it could be like morphine today.
However, Jesus knew He had to pour out His blood on the cross for the sins of the world, and He knew He could not die any other way, therefore he refused anything that would possibly not allow that to occur.
For you and I and all of humanity, Jesus had to experience the full wrath of God for the sins of the world, and He wanted to feel the full weight of the physical effects of dying such a brutal death on the cross.
That is amazing love my friend!
I remind and encourage each of us to be ever so mindful not to flippantly trample through the blood of Jesus with our self-centered sin. Because it cost Him his very life!
God [IS] Love ❤️
Be Worth Being!
Kevin Burrell has worked in professional baseball as both a player and MLB scout for the past 38 years, and currently serves on staff with the Chicago White Sox as an area scouting supervisor. Kevin was drafted in the 1st round of the 1981 free agent amateur draft (25th selection overall) by the Boston Red Sox, and played ten years of professional baseball with four different organizations. He and his wife, Valerie, live in Sharpsburg, Ga. with their two children.
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