“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.” This happened that the scripture might be fulfilled that said, “They divided my clothes among them and cast lots for my garment.” So this is what the soldiers did.” John 19:23-24 NIV
Every Easter the journey to the cross reveals something new about our Savior. The intensity of the story is loaded with details, each with eternal significance. This year I noticed a detail that came alive in a whole new way. John tells the story of the soldiers dividing Christ’s clothes. I could never see through the shocking humiliation of my Jesus being stripped bare to notice his undergarment was seamless, woven in one piece from top to bottom. It remained untorn.
Lord, you are My Undergarment on which layers of life rest.
Seamless, you are the only piece of me that doesn’t require extra stitching.
Woven, heaven and earth intertwined by the love of our Father, piercing my sin over with mercy, under with grace, over again, under again, loop by loop.
Saturated, with blood-filled sweat of your willing sacrifice.
Bought, at a price I can never repay.
Removed, that my sin would be exposed and hung on the back of the Perfect Lamb.
Redeemed, that I may be enrobed in righteousness.
At the end of my days, when all the layers are stripped away, My Undergarment will remain, and you will usher me into eternity.
Thank you for making a way for me and all those who call you Savior.
You are risen, indeed!
In Your Unfailing Love,