John 19:28 After this, when Jesus knew that everything was now finished so that the Scripture would be fulfilled, he said, “I’m thirsty.”
John 19:29 A jar full of sour wine had been laid there; so they prepared a sponge full of sour wine on a hyssop branch and held it up to his mouth.
John 19:30 When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, “It is finished.” Then bowing his head, he gave up his spirit.
how he showed his love
Luke’s Gospel and Acts highlight the fact that Jesus had a “baptism” to undergo, so a number of terrible things had to happen to him.1
The last item on the list was a terrible thirst. David had predicted that Jesus’ tongue would stick to the roof of his mouth – just before he would be put into the dust of death.2 David also predicted the sour drink.3
John continues to give evidence of who Jesus was. A substantial portion of that evidence is the ordeal of suffering that Jesus experienced – not to absolve him of his own sins, but for us. Jesus “baptism” ordeal was a demonstration of God’s love for those he was redeeming.
David concludes his “crucifixion song” (Psalm 22) with the words “to a people yet to be born they will declare what he has done.”4 The gospel message includes the story of how our Savior showed us his love.
Lord, your ordeal is finished. You have done it. Thank you.
1Luke 9:31; 12:50; 18:31; 22:37; Acts 13:29.