(John Chapter 19 verses 23 –24)
23 Then the soldiers, when they had crucified Jesus, took his garments, and made four parts, to every soldier a part; and also his coat: now the coat was without seam, woven from the top throughout.
24 They said therefore among themselves, Let us not rend it, but cast lots for it, whose it shall be: that the scripture might be fulfilled, which saith, They parted my raiment among them, and for my vesture they did cast lots. These things therefore the soldiers did.
Robes of conquest did the Kings and Conquerors wear.
To the downtrodden and vanquished they didn’t really care.
Their earthly glory like them will fade away like dust.
Their fine garments will fade and their war machine will rust.
God in his earthly incarnation wore a robe of glory.
For those who believe this is a wonderful story.
On this climatic day long ago, he was tortured and killed.
His divine blood the earth did it fill.
The soldiers gambled for his garment.
The heavenly realm looked on from above.
His garment was not torn but gambled away.
This in our history was a very dark day.
He arose defeating evil and death.
God’s sacrifice was complete; nothing was left.
A new day arose on the resurrection morn.
A new age, a new life, a new covenant was born.
© Andrew Pell 22/03/08