(03/20/2015) Gall Refused on the Cross?

Posted: March 19, 2015 in Adam, Appetite, Communion, Death, Judgment, Reconciliation, Salvation, Sin, Suffering, The Temptation of Christ
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Today, some points are shared on the choice by Jesus to reject a pain-killer (we say, drug) while suffering upon the cross.  Believers will understand how this is another example of the temptation of Christ by Satan.  In refusing the gall mixed with wine that was offered to him, the Lord was also refusing defilement through appetite that would make his blood unfit and unclean for sacrifice and atonement.  The gall of Rome compared to the leaven of the Pharisees, and represented both lust and worldliness.  Christ was to be made the figure of all sin by a surrender to the Father, not by self-promotion and operations of his own will.  Thus, believers are made to be the same righteousness of GOD that appeared within Jesus, not by their own will, by their surrender to Christ.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Nigel” (Level 1 with 200 points, a member since May 10, 2012) posted the following thrust:


Christians- when Christ was on the cross, why did he refuse the drink the romans offered him (I think it was called gall)?

Was it not enough that he was dying already? Why would he refuse something that would diminish his suffering just a little? Could he of been trying to be macho in front of an audience? What does his refusal say about the Christian God?


THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature:  old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.  And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;  To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.  Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us:  we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.  For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.  (2nd Corinthians 5:  17-21, KJV)


THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Resurrection from the Dead? (04/23/2014); Not A Matter Of Opinion? (04/24/2014); Resurrection Sunday (04/19/2014); Jesus Scourged (04/05/2014); Brothers, Not Equals (04/06/2014); Everything a Lie? (10/05/2013); Sacrificed and Risen? (10/06/2013); Assurances of Salvation? (10/07/2013); Henceforth, Of This Fruit (11/21/2012); Unexceptional Beginnings (11/22/2012)


“Nigel”, here are a few points that are now being shared among Christian believers as we are approaching the remembrance of Resurrection Sunday:

(1.)   “Gall” is thought to have been a poisonous herbal substance from the poppy plant; and has also been described as hemlock, myrrh, and opium.

(2.)  Death was first introduced to mankind in Adam as sleep, at the removing of his rib to fashion the female.  Adam endured no agony by her separation, and rejoiced when she was presented as “bone of my bone, flesh of my flesh.”  It was necessary that Jesus endure the full agony of death on behalf of all mankind to seal and secure the possibilities for rebirth, repentance, resurrection, and sanctification.

(3.)  Correctly understood as a sacred operation, death breaks communion and exchange between Deity (i.e., the dead praise not GOD) and the material beings and living creatures put forth from divinity.  Death and the completion of mortality are more than the mechanical process visible to us determined by characteristics of the flesh such as aging, decay, and growth.  In physical death, all awareness is removed along with the essential gift of self-will.

There is far more to be plainly said, correctly understood, and properly apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  When a person dies they can no longer commit (we say, is released from) sin.   However, challenges, consequences, and obstacles from their living actions and attitudes may continue indefinitely.  The death of Jesus upon the cross did not end sin.  Yet, multiple mechanisms were put into place for divine atonement that releases men from sin and death, including forgiveness, rebirth, and endowing sinners who come to Christ with fresh sacred content (we say, the imparted Spirit, the Holy Ghost, the Spirit of Truth.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith and meekness (i.e., willingness to be taught through the Holy Spirit).

Washington, DC


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