Death by Surrender
After this, Jesus, knowing that all was now finished, said (to fulfill the Scripture), “I thirst.” 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. 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 ESV Read More
Jesus was fully obedient to the Father’s will all of the way to the end. There was no part where He veered off and did His own thing, not for one second.
At the end, He was given a little bit of a drink. That drink wasn’t much of a drink. Imagine someone putting a feather duster in grape juice then splatting it against your face from 12 feet away as you are so thirsty you can’t even swallow. With that little bit of moisture in His mouth, He spoke His final words and died.
The words “He bowed His head and gave up His spirit” were typical of His entire life. He was constantly giving up what He Himself was thinking or wanting and letting God the Father lead Him. Even in the end, He could have caused those Roman soldiers to strike Him dead at some point to end the suffering. He could have given up living at any point in the Passion. He could have ended the whole ordeal by miraculous healing or despairing death. But He wanted to fulfill all of the prophecies He was made to fulfill. He wanted to fully surrender to the Father so that everything the Father told the prophets to say would come to pass.
Even in His dying process, He surrendered to the will of God.