“When the soldiers crucified Jesus, they took his clothes, dividing them into four shares, one for each of them, with the undergarment remaining. This garment was seamless, woven in one piece from top to bottom. ‘Let’s not tear it,’ they said to one another. ‘Let’s decide by lot who will get it.’” (John 19:23-24 NIV)
Those garments meant nothing to the soldiers. They were simply fringe benefits to them (excuse the pun). They had no significance to those men. They were the clothes of a criminal as far as they were concerned. But those clothes had been worn by the One who performed many miracles.
I wonder if they bore the stains from the wine Jesus shared with His disciples at the last supper. Or maybe they had donkey hair clinging to them from His ride into Jerusalem. Perhaps they still carried the scent of the perfume Mary used to wash Jesus’ feet. I wonder if those were the clothes Jesus wore when He was baptized or when He overturned the tables in the temple. And I wonder if the hem of those clothes was the actual hem that a desperate woman reached for to find healing.
In this day and age we put a lot of value on the things owned by famous people. We auction off clothes worn by Jackie Kennedy or Elizabeth Taylor. We have museums filled with clothing worn by heroes, presidents or even entertainment stars. And yet, when Jesus was hanging on the cross, no one fought for His clothes. There was no highest bidder. They were just divided and given away. They carried no value.
Those garments were worth nothing to anyone who experienced Jesus. You see, they carried with them something that could not be taken from them regardless of the torture they received. They had Jesus. They experienced His healing. They knew His love. Perhaps the person who wore Jesus’ garments thought he was getting something of worth. But the people who had a relationship with Jesus were the true benefactors. They received the priceless gift of the Savior.
Sometimes I think we settle for the things that remind us of Jesus rather than Jesus Himself. We spend more time volunteering, ministering and serving than we do with our Savior. We give our money and attend church every weekend but throughout the week, we can’t spare a few moments to sit and listen to Him. Our lives are full but of the wrong things. I encourage you to set aside the things that carry no value in the Kingdom of God and spend time with Him. He wants to hear from you. He wants to spend time with you. He wants your heart.
- What Does Being a Christian Mean to Me? (jesusmylordforever.wordpress.com)
- Following Jesus, On His Terms, Pastor Boaz Olang (magnifyhisword.wordpress.com)
- He’s My Savior (inthewordblog.wordpress.com)