A bowl was there, full of cheap wine mixed with vinegar, so a sponge was soaked in it, put on stlk of hyssop and lifted up to his lips. When Jesus had received the wine, he said, "It is finished". John 19:29-30
* Meditation on the Sixth Word
What a sigh of relief!
What a cry of deliverance,
after seemingly endless pain
and gasping torment,
it is over at last.
The suffering is ended.
The ordeal is finished
and nothing remains
but the blessed peace of the absence of all sensation.
After this Jesus, knowing that all was now finished, said (to fulfil the scripture), "I thirst." John 19:28
* Meditation on the Fifth Word
There is a kind of timelessness about hanging on a cross.
It is not a quiet death,
over in an instant in one glorious moment of martyrdom
like being torn apart by lions.
A cross is as much an instrument of torture
as it is a gallows from which to hang,