19:23 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. 24 They said therefore among themselves, “Let us not tear it, but cast lots for it, whose it shall be,” that the Scripture might be fulfilled which says:
“They divided My garments among them,
And for My clothing they cast lots.” (Psalm 22:18)
Therefore the soldiers did these things.
Every part of His story has meaning. Every sometimes seemingly bizarre detail is recorded for a reason.
One day Jesus told the crowds a story about a great wedding feast being hosted by a king for His Son. Invitations were sent out to everyone. Not a person was missed. With the invitation was supplied clothing for the banquet. It was a beautiful gesture. This way no one had to feel under dressed or that their clothes were inadequate. The poor could come without shame or embarassment. The rich could come without fearing they had chosen the wrong outfit.
The king wanted everyone to come and all to be perfect.
The clothing in the story does not represent clothing at all. It represents the perfect gracious merciful loving character of God. It is this we lack. Rich or poor none of can match His flawless perfection. For heaven to remain heaven and for the universe to be restored to the harmonious place it once was His heart must beat in our chest and His thoughts must become our thoughts.
It is staggering to think Jesus wants us all to come. Who is included in this "all"?
Even the four soldiers who nailed him to the cross and then with no shame or consideration tried to profit from His death by dividing His meager possessions among themselves. Imagine how His mother felt watching this take place...
And what did He possess? An outer coat and underwear. The outer coat was large enough that they each got a piece. Think about it. There was enough of Him to cover each of them...
His underwear, politely called a tunic, what about that? It was so perfect they didn't want to divide it. They left it as it was and cast lots for it. See the inner Man, that's where Jesus was flawless. Isaiah wrote that there was nothing about His outward appearance that would draw us to Him yet He sure drew crowds. Why? Because underneath His outward appearance He was flawless. Every class of men and sinners of every stripe searched for Him. Prostitutes and tax collectors ate with Him.
Jesus was so perfect on the inside that nothing we did to Him on the outside could change that. The mercy was endless and not one root of bitterness to be found.
Jesus. Perfect. Untouchable and unalterable inner beauty with so much radiating outward that it can cover us all, even the four pagan soldiers that nailed Him to a cross.