Friday, April 13, 2012

Sour Grapes

April 13, 2012

The Life of Jesus; read today: Jesus is offered sour wine on a reed: Matthew 27:47-49, Mark 15:35-36, John  19:29-30

Sour grapes.  The term brings up something that all of us would try to avoid.  Something that is so bad you just want to spit it out of your mouth.

BWE: Mark 15:36. One man ran to get something called a sponge. He made it wet with sour wine and put it on the end of a stick. With it he gave Jesus a drink. He said, ‘We will see if Elijah will come and take him down!’

Here was the man that would save them all and all they could give Him was sour wine, made from grapes. That act was the final rejection of Jesus.  After this He would give it up.  The final thing that was done to Him was an insult.

But who did that to Him?  We can claim that it was some bystander like the Bible says, but really, wasn’t it you and me that did this to him.  Every time I respond in anger to someone, try to cheat someone, try to get my own way, I put that wine on the sponge.  Jesus did that all for me.

Read for next time: "It is finished."; John 19:30