John 19:23 When the soldiers crucified Jesus, they took his clothes and divided them into four parts, a part for each soldier. They also took the tunic, which was a seamless tunic, woven in one piece from the top.
John 19:24 So they said to one another, “Let’s not tear it, but gamble for it, to see who gets it.” This happened that the Scripture might be fulfilled that says: They divided my clothes among themselves, and they gambled for my clothing. This is what the soldiers did.
he gave everything
When I was young, just starting out in my missionary work, I had an interesting take on the idea of sacrifice for Christ. People would remark about my personal sacrifices in giving up family and possessions and going overseas to serve Christ. I would tell them that it was no sacrifice. I brought my family with me, and I had everything I needed.
That was true. But I have to confess – I feel some of the by-product of that lifestyle now. Following God’s call to separate myself from forms of stability has left me wondering what is going to happen when I can no longer “go therefore.” I have no home, and my family is scattered with their own places and families.
What does this have to do with today’s text? Well, my Lord himself went to the cross with nothing – literally only the clothes on his back. Then the soldiers took those too. If I have to endure hardship because of my commitment to him, I know I am in good company.
Lord, thank you for giving your all for us. Give us courage to keep on sacrificing for you.