Wednesday, March 30, 2005


When Jesus hung dying on the cross, even the Roman soldiers offered Him this benevolence. "After this, when Jesus knew that everything had now been finished, he said, 'I'm thirsty.' He said this so that Scripture could finally be concluded. A jar filled with wine vinegar was there. So the soldiers put a sponge soaked in the vinegar on a hyssop stick and held it to his mouth. After Jesus had taken the vinegar, he said, 'It is finished!' Then he bowed his head and died" (John 19:28-30).

Whether or not the Roman soldiers provided this relief to Jesus in mockery, as Luke's account indicates (23:36-37), the fact is they did it. Also, the fact that a sponge and wine vinegar were there in the first place indicates foresight and compassion on someone's part for those being tortured by crucifixion.

It appears that Judge George Greer had less compassion toward dying Terri Schiavo than even the Roman soldiers had toward dying Jesus.