Feeling Pain

At Golgotha, the soldiers offered Jesus wine mixed with gall. After tasting the drink, Jesus refused it. Then, the soldiers used nails to pound Jesus’ hands and feet into the cross. Jesus continued to wear the crown of thorns. 

When Roman soldiers felt pity for a prisoner before the crucifixion, they added gall, or poppy juice, to the vinegar drink offered to prisoners. This poppy produces opium. The common Western drugs morphine and codeine are distilled from the opium poppy.  The drug would have sedated Jesus making him sleepy and reducing his pain.  If a high concentration of opium was included in the gall, Jesus would have experienced hallucinations, further reducing his contact with reality.

Jesus’ refused the sedative. He was determined to experience both the physical and mental pain associated with redeeming mankind. 

Reflection: Would it have made a difference to our redemption, if Christ drank the gall and was sedated on the cross?


5 responses to “Feeling Pain”

  1. Thanks fred pialeki. You speak truth. Helping me overcome an addiction. Thanks so much. This is a great summary to the writer of this page. Opium sedates and enslaves the higher conciousness.

  2. Very good answers. The gall represented sin and sin represent death. Jesus did taste, but did not drink,. This is what gave him The authority to go to hell. You can’t go to hell without tasting sin

    1. Jerry, it is important that Christians understand that CHrist was God and did not sin on earth. His tasting gall does not mean he ate or consumed sin.

  3. God knew many years ago humanity would have much affliction through many enslaving addictions. It is a plague which burdens the restless soul in the modern world. Jesus overcame and will overcome. Greater things you will do by His Spirit. Have faith, be of good courage as you remain steadfast to the end… Believe to see the Glory of God!

  4. Accepting the gall would have diluted not only Jesus’ pain, but it would have reduced the worth of the work He had done and what He was doing. It would have diluted our own salvation.

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