No incident recorded in our Lord’s life is without interest to the believer. No word or action while on the cross is without overwhelming interest. Consider this: “And when he had tasted, he would not drink” (Matt. 27:64). Wine mixed with gall was thought to be a mercy mixture to ease some of the excruciating pain associated with such a death. Our Lord tasted, then refused to drink. He wanted nothing to dull his senses. He was not an unfeeling sacrifice for sinners. All his concentration must be fixed and in sharpest focus for the work before him.
They parade before us, examples of resolve. Enoch walked with God in an evil age, bearing witness against its sins (Jude 14-15). He pleased God when no one else did or cared. Noah preached righteousness for a century, while he patiently constructed the ark that would serve as his floating tomb and his vessel of safety. Hated by his brothers and kidnapped, Joseph would not yield to easy pleasure, but confessed: “How can I do this great evil, and sin against God” (Gen. 39:9)?