New Defender's Study Bible Notes
12:50 baptism. The baptism of which He speaks is His own impending immersion in the sufferings of crucifixion and hell (Matthew 20:18,22).
12:50 accomplished. The sense of His question was: “And what do I wish? I wish it were already kindled.” He had come to accomplish His decease at Jerusalem (Luke 9:31), and He was in great stress to get it done. He knew there was a fiery baptism awaiting Him there, but there was also “joy that was set before Him” (Hebrews 12:2), and a gloriously redeemed “people that shall be born” because “He hath done this” (Psalm 22:31).