Difficult Verse 6: John 19.30


When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, “It is finished,” and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.

This is not really a difficult verse – it’s just that there are a number of similar verses in the four gospels, and unless they are all understood it can seem that the Bible is contradictory or implying something that it never said.  This verse, and Matt. 27.34, have both been used by people to suggest that Christians should be for euthanasia and assisted suicide; that in some way Jesus committed suicide on the cross.  In John 19.30, Jesus is offered wine vinegar while on the cross.  Now the thing to remember is that this is the second time Jesus is offered a drink while he is on the cross – the first time he is offered wine mixed with gall and he refuses it.  If you read Mark 15 from beginning to end, you can see clearly Jesus is twice offered drink.  Luke and John only record the second drink, as per our verse here.

The first drink Jesus is offered is wine mixed with gall.  The second drink is wine vinegar.  So the first drink Jesus is offered (Matt. 27.34) he tasted and refused.  What was this drink?  Gall, or bile, is the product of the gall bladder.  It tastes exceptionally bitter and functions like a painkiller.  While on the cross Jesus was offered wine laced with a narcotic to ease his pain, and he refused.  He was going to go through the full pain of your sin, sickness and suffering on the cross to redeem you.  That just shows again how awesome a Saviour, what a champion Jesus was.  He wouldn’t even take an aspirin while dying for you!  He was going to do it!  He would suffer the fullness of sin to be able to offer us the fullness of redemption.  Jesus was fully aware and conscious while he was dying for you! And he planned it that way!

The second drink was wine vinegar, which was a cheap wine, drunk mainly by soldiers.  It was mildly alcoholic but was the kind of drink you could drink quickly, making it useful to the soldiers as they could quickly quench their thirst.  John tells us that Jesus said he was thirsty while on the cross.  Jesus died as a human, fully human, and on the cross was naked, hungry and thirsty.  He became poor with your poverty so you could be made rich (2 Cor. 9.8).  There is nothing poorer than being thirsty and unable to quench your thirst.  Also, thirsting on the cross was prophesied in Psalm 22.15 that the Messiah would have a parched mouth.  In Psalm 69.21 it mentions that the suffering servant would be offered both gall and vinegar.  This all shows how the death of Jesus was exactly how He and His Father planned it.  Now John is the only gospel writer who let us know Jesus actually received the drink – Luke tells us it was offered, but only John tells us he received the drink.  Now drinking at this stage would have actually prolonged Jesus’ life – making the cross more painful and agonizing!  The drink would have extended his suffering, not shortened it.

By confusing the two drinks, some people see Jesus deliberately medicating while on the cross.  They then say it is ok to over-medicate a patient and actively euthanize people.  Nothing could be further from the truth – Jesus rejected the drink that would have eased his pain, and instead chose a drink that extended his pain and suffering.  Why?  Because he was suffering for you!  He died your death and did it deliberately, made it as difficult as possible, ensured he did it with a sound mind – to make sure that he paid the full price for your sin so you could be the righteousness of God in Christ.

That’s not a difficult Scripture – it’s a powerful one!


Wonderful News Healing Crusade (August 11-14th 2009 – ALL WELCOME)

Wonderful News Healing Crusade
Wonderful News Healing Crusade

He is Alive!

In the end of the Resurrection season, I just want to say very clearly: JESUS IS ALIVE.

We as Christians are not looking to the teachings of a dead and buried philosopher like the Muslims and Buddhists – we have a relationship with God who became a human, was crucified for our sins, and who rose again on the third day and who is STILL ALIVE TODAY.

Jesus is still the same as He ever was: the sick are still being healed, lives are still being transformed, marriages are still being restored.

Jesus is alive and you, through the Holy Spirit, can have a relationship with Him. In fact, according to John 16.13, you can have a better relationship with Jesus than you could ever have had while He was on earth in the flesh. You, through fellowship with the Holy Spirit, can have more joy, more peace, work more miracles and have more fun than if you were one of the twelve.

You can believe that and receive that or you can doubt and do without.



God Wants You Well (Tom Brown)

You do not have to be sick because God wants to heal you, and if you’ll have faith, He will heal you!

Sounds like an incredible statement to make, but it’s true. And if you’ll read this article, you will be on your way to living in divine health.

The key to receive your healing from God is to have FAITH!

Jesus often said to those he healed, “Your faith has healed you.”

I remember discussing divine healing with, Ophelia, a fellow employee who was taught in her church that Jesus does not heal today, and that people who lay hands on the sick are fakes.

She said to me, “The trouble with you faith healers is that you claim that people have to have faith if God is going to heal them, but Jesus healed anyone He wanted at anytime, with or without faith.”

I knew that she had not really read the Bible much, and was just quoting her pastor. I answered, “That’s not true. Don’t you know what Matthew 13:58 says, “And Jesus did not do many miracles there because of their lack of faith.”?

Her eyes opened. “It doesn’t say that, does it?” she asked. I nodded. She promised to go home and read that scripture herself.

The next day, she walked quietly to me and said, “Tom, I read that scripture you quoted, and it does say that Jesus did not heal because the people lacked faith. I’ve changed my mind.”

I hope you are teachable like Ophelia. She learned that lack of faith can stop God’s healing power. Well, if doubt could stop God’s healing power, then faith releases God’s healing power. So what we need is FAITH.

And since faith comes from hearing God’s Word (Romans 10:17) it is important that you understand what the Bible says about divine healing.

If we reject His Word, then we reject His healing power. Unfortunately, there are many supposedly Bible-believing Christians that reject what God says about His healing power.

They reject it basically on two grounds: Either because some people do not get healed when they pray or because of tradition. The point is, no one has ever rejected God’s healing power based solely on the Word of God, the Bible. Because anyone one with an open mind and an open Bible will become a believer in God’s healing power.


It is clear from the Bible that Jesus healed–and healed often. Jesus main ministry consisted of three things:

“Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people.” (Matthew 4:23) Healing was not a side issue with Christ; it was one of the main issues with Him.

What about today? Does Jesus still heal? Listen to Hebrews 13:8: “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” Jesus still heals. He has not stopped healing.

Some people are surprised that Jesus still heals.

A few years ago I conducted a Miracle Rally at the El Paso Civic Center. During my message, I felt a tingling sensation come into my right hand. As in times past, I knew this was the power of God coming into me for someone’s healing. So I asked people on my right side if they had felt any power coming into them. A young woman named Cynthia Stewart raised her hand and affirmed that she was feeling the power of God.

Weeks before, Cynthia had been in a car accident and was injured so badly that she could not walk without crutches, and even with the crutches it was difficult. When I saw her raise her hand the terrible thought came to me, “Oh, no! What if she does not get healed?” Then a wonderful thought came to me, “Jesus can do anything–even make this cripple girl to walk!”

So I boldly called her to come forward. And to everyone’s amazement and joy, she arose completely healed. She began to walk in full view of all the people. She walked without a limp.

Our church was so excited with this miracle that we featured it on television. And when we did, I received a threat from an anonymous

caller: “I am a lawyer representing a church, and I wanted to let you know that we are going to expose you as a fraud!”

I asked who he was and which church he was representing. He refused to tell me. So I said, “Sir, I am not the healer, Jesus is. So I guess you do not believe in Jesus or the Bible.”

He said, “I sure do.”

“Then why are you so upset when Jesus does such a great miracle? The Bible tells us He did many miracles. It also shows that He continued to do miracles through the apostles and through other disciples.”

“Yes, I believe He did that back then. But He CAN’T do that anymore!”

I simply laughed. “Sir, if you want to try to expose me, then you are very welcomed to try. The first thing you’ll need to do is meet the woman who was healed.” Do you know what? That man refused to meet her or me. I think he was afraid to find out the truth–that Jesus STILL HEALS! And He he can heal you! if you’ll let Him.

Someone might say, “Yea, I believe Jesus still heals, but He doesn’t want to heal everyone,”

Well then listen to the Word of God.

“…Many followed [Jesus], and he healed ALL their sick.” (Matthew 12:15)

How many sick people did Jesus heal? ALL! Not some or most, but all! It is God’s will to heal every believer. No where do we find in the scriptures that Jesus refused to heal anyone who came to Him in faith. He healed everyone who believed–without exception!


Not only did Jesus heal everyone while He was on earth, but to ensure our healing for today, He paid for it:

“Surely [Jesus] took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows…” (Isaiah 53:4)

There you have it: Jesus took up your infirmities, sicknesses and diseases. Since He took them, you don’t have to have them. This scripture should once-and-for-all settle the issue of divine healing. But some people are simply stubborn; they want to argue with God and fight for the right to keep their sicknesses.

Some people try to find reasons why this scripture does not mean what it says. People seem to fight for the right to be sick. One person told me, “This scripture is speaking about spiritual healing not physical healing.”

I answered, “I don’t see the word ‘spiritual’ in this verse. You are adding to the Bible.”

“But it is understood to mean that because of the context,” he continued to argue.

I suggested, “Let Matthew tell you what God meant in Isaiah.” He agreed to read Matthew.

“When evening came, many who were demon-possessed were brought to [Jesus], and he drove out the spirits with a word and healed all the sick. This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah: ‘He took up our infirmities and carried our diseases.'” (Matthew 8:16-17)

I explained, “It is clear from Matthew that he interpreted the words from Isaiah to mean physical healing, since he quoted it in reference to the healing ministry of Christ.”

He paused for a moment, then conceded the point.


Another good reason that we should have faith for healing is this: Sickness is of the devil. And whatever is of the devil, we don’t want anything to do with it.

“how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him.” (Acts 10:38)

And after healing a woman who was crippled by a spirit, Jesus said, “Should not his woman, a daughter of Abraham, who SATAN HAS KEPT BOUND for eighteen long years, be set free” (Luke 13:16).

From these Scriptures and many others, we see that sickness is not caused by God but by Satan. And God tells us, “Resist the devil and he will flee from you” (James 4:7). We do not have to put up with anything that comes from the devil, and that includes sickness.

I remember sitting down with a lady who was in a wheelchair. I was asked by Brother John to speak to her about God’s healing power, and maybe, pray for her. So I agreed.

Before I could get started, she said, “Don’t bother to tell me that God can heal me, because God was the one who crippled me.”

Surprised at such a remark, I asked her, “Do you believe in the Bible?”

She nodded, “Of course I do!”

Then I told her, “Mam, I’m not going to tell you anything, but I do ask that read this scripture, and then tell me what it means to you.”

A let her read the scripture in Acts 10:38 about Jesus healing all who were oppressed of the devil. When she read that part, she threw the Bible across the table at me and yelled, “So you think I’m demon possessed, don’t you!?”

I never made a single comment on this verse, but she understood what it meant. She understood that this scripture clearly shows that the devil is the cause of the physical misery in this world. The only thing she misunderstood was that this scripture was NOT saying that anyone who is sick is demon-possessed. It is saying that Satan is like a thief trying to steal health and healing from us.

I don’t blame people for being sick, just like I don’t blame people for getting robbed. I never thought that this lady was demon-possessed. But I knew who was the thief, and I was trying to show her that God was not the thief, but that the devil was. Unfortunately, because of her firm-held tradition, I was not able to help her. But maybe I could help you to see who is making you or your loved ones sick–THE DEVIL!


So the issue with you is this: What will you believe?

“…the blind men came to Jesus and asked Him to heal them. Jesus asked them, ‘Do you believe that I am able to do this?’ ‘Yes, Lord,’ they replied. Then he touched their eyes and said, ‘ACCORDING TO YOUR FAITH will it be done to you…'” (Matthew 9:28-29)

God will do for you “according to your belief.” If you believe Jesus still heals and that He wills to heal everyone including you…If you believe that He paid the price for your healing…If you believe that sickness is of the devil, and that you have authority over him…

Then you have begun your faith journey to walk in health.