“Then they gave Him wine mingled with myrrh to drink, but He did not take it.” Mark 15:23
I’ve never knowingly drank alcohol, smoked anything, or taken any kind of recreational drugs. Added to that, I’ve only needed to take any kind of narcotic, for medicinal purposes, one time and after taking the first dose I stopped because it made me terribly nauseous. One time I did take an over the counter medication, for severe cold symptoms, that contained alcohol, so to the degree that that effected me I experienced the effects of alcohol.
To say the least, my personal experience with the mind altering substances is extremely limited. Which means that I can’t blame any decisions or reactions I’ve had on any altered mental state I may have been experiencing, due to the fact that my mental state has never been alter significantly by an intoxicating substance.
I have, however, observed people both high and drunk and can attest that they did not have the same clear decision making capacity as they did when they were not high or drunk.
Jesus, at the time of his crucifixion, knew that even still he could fail in his mission. The die had been cast, the order for his death had been given, but he could still refuse to give his life. He could call for his angels to take him away from this humiliation and they would come. He could, in a fit of anger or pain, yield to sin in a word spoken or a deed done. Jesus knew that with everything that was still at stake he could not allow anything to alter or influence his ability to step by painful step choose what he needed to do to save us so he refused the mixture of wine and myrrh.
In 1 Peter 5:8, the apostle Peter exhorts us to, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.” Though the scope of those impacted is more limited, the potential stakes of those effected are still life and death.
I’m so thankful that Jesus let nothing come between him and his resolve to purchase our salvation. Let us all now choose to let nothing come between us and the salvation he’s won for us.