“After this, Jesus, knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the Scripture might be fulfilled, said, ‘I thirst!’ Now a vessel full of sour wine was sitting there; and they filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on hyssop, and put it to His mouth. So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit.” John 19:28–30
Jesus’ ordeal had begun in the middle of the night as he had struggled with his own human frailty in the garden. Matthew, Mark, and Luke all agree that those hours of prayer in the garden were an intense struggle between the weakness of Christ’s human nature and the call of God to be the eternal sacrifice for a largely unrepentant race of sinners. Ellen White, in the book The Desire of Ages, writes that the struggle was so intense that had not angels attended and supported Jesus in the garden he would have succumbed before the mob had arrived to arrest him.
The trials begun in the garden would continue through that sleepless night and through the next day as Jesus was shuttled from one mockery of a trial to another with repeated abuse being heaped upon him at each one.
When the order for his crucifixion was finally given he was so weak that he collapsed beneath the cross beam he was compelled to carry and another was required to shoulder the burden.
Now, as Jesus hangs upon the cross, everything scripture has foretold would happen to him has been fulfilled save one thing and Jesus calls out, “I thirst!”
At this one of the soldiers, in fulfillment of David’s prophecy in a Psalm 69:21, raised a sponge with with vinegar, or soured wine, to his lips and John says that he received some of it.
After this Jesus cried out, “It is finished!”, bowed his head and died.
In all points, from his conception to his death, Jesus fulfill what was foretold by the prophets. The apostles attest to the completeness of his fulfillment and bear witness of it. This demonstration of faithfulness as regards to his death ought to convince us that Jesus is going to be just as faithful in fulfilling his word as regards to his return and his making an end of sin.
Jesus’ purpose was not to merely die. Jesus’ death was part of a plan to redeem mankind and to rid the universe of the blight of sin. Now that the price for accomplishing all this has been paid we can be assured that all else will be accomplished just as it was foretold.
The question left for us to answer is will we submit to the Holy Spirit and allow him to convict and transform us so that we might be made ready to be with Christ when he comes, and will we be the witnesses of his salvation he’s called us to be so that others might know of the grace he’s provided.
Jesus is coming. Now is the time to be made ready.