I was watching the first message in Mars Hill Church‘s new series – Luke’s Gospel: Investigating the Man Who is God – and their pastor, Mark Driscoll, was wrapping up his sermon when he brought out a demonstration. He was in Jerusalem and had his kids stand over a fresh water trough that flowed by the public urinals for a picture. His guide then explained what would often happen at these public toilets during the time of Jesus.
After hearing what the guide said, like Mark, I made an immediate mental leap to Jesus’ crucifixion. My view of the act of the sponge lifted up to Jesus’ lips on the cross has certainly been altered if what was said is indeed true (and after a little online research it does appear to be true).