The Crucifixion of Jesus Pt. 1: The Significance of The Sour Wine

There’re a few things that all four gospels record. The Triumphal Entry and the Crucifixion of Jesus are two main events that are recorded in all four gospels. Within the Crucifixion of Jesus, there are a few events that take place, but not all gospels record them. One main event within the Crucifixion of Jesus was Jesus being given sour wine to drink while on the cross. This now begs the question, why was the event of Jesus being given sour wine on the cross so important? Join ArieRashelle as she searches through Scripture to find the answer in her video, The Crucifixion of Jesus Pt. 1: The Significance of The Sour Wine.

Matthew 27:45-50
Mark 15:33-38
Luke 23:32-38
John 19:28-30
Proverbs 20:1
Revelation 16:19
Luke 22:19-20
1 Corinthians 11:23-26
Romans 6:3-11
2 Corinthians 5:8
Hebrews 8:13
Matthew 27:33-35
Matthew 5:17-18
Psalms 69:21
1 Corinthians 11:27-32
1 Corinthians 1:22-24
Galatians 3:23-29

The Crucifixion of Jesus

The Significance of The Sour Wine

45 Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land until the ninth hour. 46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” that is, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” 47 And some of the bystanders, hearing it, said, “This man is calling Elijah.” 48 And one of them at once ran and took a sponge, filled it with sour wine, and put it on a reed and gave it to Him to drink. 49 But the others said, “Wait, let us see whether Elijah will come to save Him.” 50 And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice and yielded up His spirit.

Matthew 27:45-50

John even says that Jesus asked for something to drink in order to fulfill Scripture. And what did they give Jesus in return? Sour wine. This begs the question. Why? What’s the significance of Jesus drinking sour wine?

28 After this, Jesus, knowing that all was now finished, said (to fulfill the Scripture), “I thirst.” 29 A jar full of sour wine stood there, so they put a sponge full of the sour wine on a hyssop branch and held it to His mouth. 30 When Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished,” and He bowed His head and gave up His spirit.

John 19:28-30

There was such great significance of Jesus being given the sour wine during the crucifixion, that all four gospels record it.

Definition of Wine in the Bible

In order to understand the significance of sour wine you have to know the definition of wine in the Bible.

1 Wine is a mocker, strong drink a brawler, and whoever is led astray by it is not wise.

Proverbs 20:1

19 And He took bread, and when He had given thanks, He broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” 20 And likewise the cup after they had eaten, saying, “This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood.”

Luke 22:19-20

19 The great city was split into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell, and God remembered Babylon the great, to make her drain the cup of the wine of the fury of His wrath.

Revelation 16:19

There are at least three different definitions of wine in the Bible. So, what’s the significance of the sour wine if there are three definitions of wine in the Bible?

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