Lent Devotion for March 30
"They Parted His Garments"
Reader: "When the soldiers had crucified Jesus…”
Response: "…they divided His clothes among the four of them.”
SCRIPTURE: Psalm 22:18
They divide my garments among themselves and throw dice for my clothing.
SCRIPTURE: John 19:23-24
23 When the soldiers had crucified Jesus, they divided his clothes among the four of them. They also took his robe, but it was seamless, woven in one piece from top to bottom. 24 So they said, “Rather than tearing it apart, let’s throw dice for it.” This fulfilled the Scripture that says, “They divided my garments among themselves and threw dice for my clothing.” So that is what they did.
Reader: “The word of the Lord."
Response: “Thanks be to God.”
Here is another passage from Psalm 22 that describes more details of Jesus’ crucifixion. The exactness of the phrases is further evidence of the unity of Scripture, but also the unfolding of God’s plan through the years. According to Jewish law, those being crucified were stripped naked and such was the case with Jesus. The paintings and artworks defer to modesty, but such was not the case in reality. Often the soldiers would gamble for the four pieces of clothing, (sandals, head gear, girdle, and the tallith-the outer garment that had the fringes at the bottom.) Each of the Roman soldiers took one of those pieces. Jesus’ outer garment was seamless, woven from top to bottom making it an expensive piece of clothing. Rather than tear it into four pieces, the soldiers cast lots for it. The Creator of the universe and everything in it, including the Roman soldiers crucifying Him, the religious leaders mocking and hurling insults at Him, all the friends who deserted Him, and God the Father, with whom He was in intimate fellowship for all eternity, and now experienced separation, suffered as complete a humiliation and abandonment as possible. Stark naked before the onlookers, He bore all the sins of the world and endured the full wrath of God toward sin. Physically, emotionally, spiritually, Jesus was spent in humbling himself to the will of his Father. All of eternity turns on those six hours Jesus endured the cross! It is almost too much to comprehend. Take these next minutes to talk to our Savior.
But none of the ransomed ever knew
How deep were the waters crossed,
Nor how dark was the night that the Lord passed through
Ere he found his sheep that was lost.
Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom and strength, and honor, and glory, and blessing…glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever.