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Answering The Atheist
September 3, 2006 / Volume 6, Issue 36

THE ATHEIST'S COMPLAINT:
Did Jesus drink on the cross? John 19:29-30 says that he did, but Mark 15:23 says that he didn't. Is there a contradiction?

RESPONSE:
The careful Bible student will notice that the occasion recorded by Mark is not the same as that which is recorded by John. In Mark's gospel, prior to being nailed to the cross (Mark 15:23-25), Jesus was offered a drink, and He refused. However, in John's gospel, Jesus, hanging on the cross requested a drink, just prior to His death (John 19:28-30). The two occasions are separated by approximately 6 hours. It is no contradiction for a person to refuse a drink at one point, and then request a drink at a later time.

There is no contradiction here.

This article is a response to Skeptic's Annotated Bible