As we celebrate Good Friday and the passion of Christ, we offer a view from the cross, where The Lord perished so that we might be forgiven.
He was first offered a wine mixed with myrrh, which the Romans offered all those who suffered crucifixion. It was a sort of morphine, which Jesus refused.
Later, as He was at the point of death, He was overcome with thirst, which was a fulfillment of scripture. He needed moisture, no matter how bitter the taste, to utter his final words:
“It is finished”
The vinegar was soaked into a sponge and given to Jesus on hyssop, which was what the Israelites used to mark their doors with lambs blood on the night of the first Passover in Egypt.
Today, let us drink the vinegar with our Lord, and leave the wine for another day.