VIA DOLOROSA; Step 9

John 19:23-24           “When they crucified him, the Roman soldiers took his clothes and divided them up four ways, to each soldier a fourth. But his robe was seamless, a single piece of weaving, so they said to each other, “Let’s not tear it up. Let’s throw dice to see who gets it.” This confirmed the Scripture that said, “They divided up my clothes among them and threw dice for my coat.” (The soldiers validated the Scriptures!) When they crucified him, the Roman soldiers took his clothes and divided them up four ways, to each soldier a fourth. But his robe was seamless, a single piece of weaving, so they said to each other, “Let’s not tear it up. Let’s throw dice to see who gets it.” This confirmed the Scripture that said, “They divided up my clothes among them and threw dice for my coat.” (The soldiers validated the Scriptures!) 

Back to Eden; before the fall, man’s nakedness wasn’t a shameful thing. They committed a sin and corrupted everything including man’s natural state of nakedness; God had to clothe them to give them dignity. Fast forward to Calvary; Christ had already suffered through intense humiliation and beatings and had just been strung up on the cross where the final humiliation was His nakedness. As a man He could not protect His dignity (Adam at least tried with fig leaves) because the nails held fast His hands. Totally stripped bare.


He had been naked earlier, the audience was smaller, He hands hadn’t been so restricted and He was always covered up after. Covered in fact by a robe that could have been worn by royalty or a Temple Priest. The movie, The Robe (an absolute favorite) gives a rather romantic view of what happened to that cloak after Jesus was put on the cross. The reality isn’t as pretty but much more significant.

The soldiers cast lots for the robe after dividing the rest of His cloths among themselves. Who know what system of allocation they used, we care about the robe though because it was foretold (Psalm 22:18)

It was no casual coincidence that the winning soldier received the garment stained with the blood of the perfect Lamb. It should have represented an exchange; the filthy rags of the unrighteous Gentiles for the bloodstained yet pure robe of righteousness offered by the Son of God. But to the Roman soldiers, it was simply a trophy of their conquest over the reviled Man they mockingly called the King of the Jews. And yet many of the other officials and onlookers treated Jesus’ blood with just as much contempt and dishonor that day.

http://www.sharefaith.com/guide/Christian-Holidays/old-testament-prophecies-of-the-messiah/old-testament-prophecies-of-the-messiah-casting-lots-for-clothes.html
At the same time it should be observed that these circumstances are such that an impostor could not have secured the correspondence of the events with the prediction. The events referred to were not under the control of him whose garments were thus divided. They depended wholly on others; and by no art or plan could an impostor have so arranged matters that all these things should have appeared to be fulfilled in himself

Barnes’ Notes On The Bible 

Psalm 22:18


Think About This 

Are you still naked or have you allowed Christ to put His robe over you?


Prayer

Dear Lord, I am blessed and thank You for Your covering. Let me live a life worthy of Your robe. In Jesus name I pray. Amen

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