“They divide my garments among them,
And for my clothing they cast lots.”
Roman law permitted the execution squad to take any minor possessions the executed one carried. In order for them to determine who could have them, they would have resolved it in this manner. Fairness.
Jesus’ last possessions they would divide fairly.
But do you see the irony? First of all, fairness. The whole thing with Jesus was so not fair. So few seemed to be willing to be fair to the Creator of the universe as He went to trial, was allowed to be chosen by the people for execution, etc.
Second, His only possessions (so they thought) were gambled over. They weren’t thinking of putting them in a museum or saving them for “down the road”. No. This is just what they did after a crucifixion. This was nothing new or odd. It was just another day at Golgotha to them.
But they were wrong.
The garments they cast lots for might have been Messiah’s last outfit and His last possession, but if you know Jesus, then you know that He owns it all! HA! They didn’t win! The One Who created heaven and earth by speaking it into being owns it all and no one can take anything away from Him.
Another day at Golgotha is not just another day for the child of God. It’s a monumental day for you because of what Jesus did for you. He willingly laid down His life so that He might completely identify with us humans and taste death. He willingly paid the ultimate price for your eternal gift of salvation.
His incarnation (God made flesh) was vital to His comprehending what it’s like to be a flesh and blood person so that He might identify with us in every way. He was tempted in every way and yet was without sin so that He would be that all-perfect, unblemished and unspotted sacrificial lamb.
What a gift! Thank You, God, for Your perfect gift.