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?
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