When I read Mark 15:23, I began to think about what Jesus suffered on my behalf. I marveled that he refused to let anything come between him and God.
The soldiers brought Jesus to Golgotha, meaning “Skull Hill.” They offered him a mild painkiller (wine mixed with myrrh), but he wouldn’t take it. And they nailed him to the cross. They divided up his clothes and threw dice to see who would get them (Mark 15:22-24, MSG).
Whew! No medication for all that pain. No stress eating or drinking. No anything that might sever or interfere with his connection with the Father.
I am ashamed to say that many times I avoided life circumstances with my drug of choice…food.
None of our life events compare with what Jesus went through on the cross and yet we have often picked our personal comfort over a truthful relationship with God.
What do we allow to overtake or separate us from our fellowship with God?
Do we really want IT more than we want a closer relationship with him?’
And they attempted give Him wine mingled with myrrh, but He would not take it (Mark 15:23, AMP).
Prayer-Lord, when we crave anything but you, remind us of what really matters. Amen.