And they filled a sponge with vinegar and put it upon hyssop and put it to His mouth. John 19:29 KJV

A jar full of sour wine was standing there; so they put a sponge full of the sour wine upon a branch of hyssop and brought it up to His mouth. John 19:29 NASB

There were several things that His enemies gave Him in His final hours. Herod gave Him a gorgeous robe when he sent the Lord back to Pilate (Luke 23:11). Soldiers wove a crown of thorns and placed it on His head, arrayed Him in a purple robe, and put a reed in His right hand in mockery (John 19:1, 2). Expressing their disdain, they shamefully applied their spittle to His buffeted face. Finally, they gave Him a cross to bear to skull hill. A gorgeous robe, a crown of thorns, a mock reed, spittle, the symbol of human contempt – that is what we gave Him.

The very last thing which John records as being given by men to the Lord Jesus was the sour vinegar in response to His cry of thirst.

This last “gift” stands in stark contrast to the first thing which John records that the Lord gave to men. John 2 recounts the Lord Jesus turning water into wine. The very first thing He gave to His creatures in John’s Gospel was wine, the best wine (John 2:10). He gave the best wine; they gave Him sour vinegar. In these contrasting “gifts” is revealed virtually the entire history of the Lord’s life here on earth. We gave Him the worst; He gave us the best. We did the worst we could to Him; He did the very best He could for us.

Our Savior, God incarnate, is not only a giving God, but He always gives the very best!


Go through John’s Gospel and note some of the other things the Lord “gave” to men.

The “good Shepherd” Who makes sure His sheep do not “want” for anything, ultimately must give Himself for the sheep.

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