Chapter-a-Day John 19

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. John 19:23 (NLT)

I’ve always found this little trivial detail in John’s first-hand account of these events fascinating. Jesus had few possessions and encouraged his followers to do the same. The robe he wore, however, was unique enough that it was desired by all the soldiers and worth gambling over. Seamless and woven in one piece, it was not a cheap robe.

It is clear that Jesus’ travels and ministry were funded by donations from wealthy followers. I find it likely that the robe was a gift, perhaps from a grateful follower whose love one was healed by Jesus. We’ll never know for sure. Like so many nuggets of history, we can only make an educated guess.

I don’t find any great spiritual insight into this fact. I just find it fascinating that Jesus’ lone earthly possessions, the clothes on his back, appear to have been clothes of superior quality in that day. Jesus was certainly not a slave to fashion and He shunned earthly possessions. At the same time, He was certainly not dressed in rags.

One thought on “Chapter-a-Day John 19”

  1. My mind kept jumping back and forth between this passage and the movie “The Passion”. There are so many moments from that movie that are seared into my mind. One of my favorites is watching how Pilate agonizes about whether to turn Jesus over to protect his own rear, or let him go. I remember the moment portrayed when Jesus hands his mother over to his disciple ( I love watching Mary through the whole movie). I also of course can’t forget the nailing of Jesus to the cross and his painful death. There is so much packed into this chapter, including a number of Scripture predictions that are fulfilled. Easter always tugs at my heart and makes me so thankful for what Christ has done for us. Thank you Jesus!

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