With these two simple Scripture references, it was easy for me to get lost in the “what did this mean?” and “what did that mean?” discussion. I have to be honest. I spent some time looking in commentaries for the importance of the wine vinegar and the mention of Elijah in Scripture. Though it does have importance, I found myself straying from the simple and important . . . the act of Christ going to the extreme to make sure I have a relationship with Him.
I believe we get lost in the details, and Satan does everything he can to help in that area. What is hyssop? Why sour wine? Was the crowd being merciful or were they mocking? I can see us getting so close to the truth, then in an instant we are diverted and headed down a wrong trail of detail.
So what is important? That it is finished! It’s done, complete. There is nothing we have to do but accept the fact that we can never do it on our own.
A praise song that I grew up with fits so perfectly here. Just focus on the words and what He did and not what was happening.
He paid a debt He did not owe, I owed a debt I could not pay,
I needed someone to wash my sins away.
And now I sing a brand new song: Amazing Grace (all day long),
Christ Jesus paid the debt that I could never pay.