"And when they had come to the place called Golgotha, that is to say, Place of a Skull, they gave Him sour wine mixed with gall to drink. But when He had tasted it, He would not drink it." Matthew 27: 34. Also, "And they brought Him to the place Golgotha, which is translated, Place of the skull. Then they gave Him wine mingled with myrrh to drink, but He did not take it." Mark 15:23
Why, you may ask! WHY DID HE REFUSE???
I just learnt about the secret to 'wine mixed with gall,' or as Mark puts it, 'wine mixed with myrrh.'
Did you know that wine is used to deaden PAIN? I did my research and found out that there is something in wine that depresses the central nervous system (CNS), and hence causes 'pain relief.' That was the first thing they put into the drink..."wine." Obviously you can tell that the soldiers who crucified Jesus were humane enough to want to deaden His pain just a little bit. But Jesus tasted it and refused it.
But then they took it even a step further. Did you know that a combination of "sour wine and gall" is MEDICINAL? Did you know that it served as an anesthetic back in ancient times? A drink that could serve the purpose of alleviating one's pain? Today, I present the fact that the Bible records that they offered an anesthetic to Jesus, so that it could alleviate and decrease the pain He felt when a crown of thorns pierced His head and when they drove huge nails through His two hands and feet. But the Bible records that Jesus refused the sour wine mixed with gall/or mixed with myrrh. This makes me understand that He did this for me and you. No, let me put it this way. He wanted to feel EVERY SINGLE BIT OF "PAIN," so that His blood will mean so much more to us.
Wikipedia defines what exactly myrrh is:
"Myrrh is a red-brown resinous material, the dried sap of the tree Commiphora myrrha, native to Somalia and the eastern parts of Ethiopia. Myrrh is currently used in some liniments, healing salves that may be applied to abrasions and other minor skin ailments. It is also used in the production of Fernet Branca. Fernet Branca is a bitter, aromatic spirit made from 27 herbs and spices, including myrrh, rhubarb, chamomile, cardamom, aloe, and saffron, with a base of grape alcohol. The recipe is a secret, and was created by the young Maria Scala in 1845 in Milan as a medicine."
The dictionary defines gall as "a digestive juice secreted by the liver and stored in the gallbladder; aids in the digestion of fats." Further research showed me that "Gall" was poisonous liver bile. It was mixed with sweet wine and given to deaden the pain of dying.
He refused the drink. There's a mystery to that statement. He opted out of "deadening His pain." He wanted to FEEL IT!!! He felt EVERY SINGLE PAIN just for ME and YOU...do you get it, or is it just me? I don't want to even try to imagine how much pain He must have felt because I have scars on my body, and I know I felt pain. But the thoughts of nails driven through my hand (or a crown of thorns piercing my soft skull) makes me sweat and makes my blood boil. No one needs to tell me that I am IMPORTANT to God.