GAMBLING AT THE FOOT OF THE CROSS

“THEY DIVIDE MY GARMENTS AMONG THEM, AND FOR MY CLOTHING THEY CAST LOTS”.

Psa. 22:18 (NKJV)

 GAMBLING FOR JESUS' TUNIC

     From the time I was old enough to run about the house and understand what was being said and going on, I was expected to be in my best behavior when in a worship service at church. I was allowed to be a kid and rambunctious at home and other places, but was definitely not proper behavior when in a sanctuary in the presence of the King. 

     The annual Jewish Passover was such an occasion when every family went to Jerusalem for the festivities. It was a solemn time of remembering their deliverance from Egyptian bondage. Families were coming into Jerusalem from all directions. The inns were filling up and all places serving food were humming with excitement. Though this was a solemn event, this year was a bit different, as there were three executions being carried out and one of them declared Himself to be the Son of God. 

     But wait, this year is different! On the very day the Sacrificial Lamb (Day of Preparation) was to be offered, day before the first day of Passover, which was a High Day (John 19:31), which was an annual Sabbath, there were three hours of darkness so it was too dark to slaughter and burn (roast) the Lamb. The true Lamb of God was now on the cross (John 1:29) to take the punishment of the entire world. Excitement was running high; there were stories of people healed, thousands fed from a boy’s lunch, a horrendous criminal set free and a man claiming to be King of the Jews is now being executed in his place. Unbelievable, the masses of people no doubt thought. 

     Even the Roman soldiers who had nailed Jesus to the cross found themselves caught up in the charged atmosphere. They divided Jesus’ clothing among themselves, then, cast dice to see who would get His seamless rob, in fulfillment of prophecy. 

     “THEN THE SOLDIERS, WHEN THEY HAD CRUCIFIED JESUS, TOOK HIS GARMENTS AND MADE FOUR PARTS, TO EACH SOLDIER A PART, AND ALSO THE TUNIC. NOW THE TUNIC WAS WITHOUT SEAM, WOVEN FROM THE TOP IN ONE PIECE. ‘LET US NOT TEAR IT, BUT CAST LOTS FOR IT WHOSE IT SHALL BE . . . " John 19:23, 24 (NKJV). 

     Perhaps we should briefly review the picture and etch it deeply into our hearts. The divine plan for the scheme of redemption of mankind is reaching it’s climax only a few feet away. The Roman soldiers are totally oblivious of what is transpiring before their very eyes and are recklessly throwing the dice for Jesus’ seamless tunic. If only they could have realized who this Man was and what He was actually doing, they would have fallen face down before Him in shame, respect and adoration. But for the moment their attention was caught by the grand prize of the Savior’s seamless tunic. 

     When we look at the world today, preoccupied with growing national and international problems; or look at the life of average people hurriedly racing up and down the aisles of huge stores, don’t we wish they would just look up and see Him who gives meaning to it all? If only for a moment they would cease their meaningless “games” and look into the face of Him whose sorrow filled eyes are fixed on them. 

     But how about us? Is it possible that we sing our hymns of Lent and Easter (Passover) with our lips while our hearts are immersed in the preoccupations of our daily life? Truly, now is the moment for introspection and self examination.

Just A Thought Across The Garden Gate by Parson Don

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       THIS DEVOTIONAL IS #2 OF 5 IN A NEW SERIES BY DON BROWN.... 

             1. THE TELLING LOOK
             2. GAMBLING AT THE FOOT OF THE CROSS
             3. ACCORDING TO THE SCRIPTURES
             4. THE SON OF MAN ASCENDS TO THE ANCIENT OF DAYS

             5 THIS IS THE DAY!                                                                                         NEXT -  READ NUMBER 3 

         

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Updated April 18, 2012

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