Friday, September 24, 2021
22 Pilate said, “What I’ve written, I’ve written.”
23-24 When they crucified him, the Roman soldiers took his clothes and divided them up to four ways, each soldier a fourth. But his robe was seamless, a single piece of weaving, so they said to each other, “Let’s not tear it up. Let’s throw dice to see who gets it.” This confirmed the Scripture that said, “They divided up my clothes among them and threw dice for my coat.” (The soldiers validated the Scriptures!)
24-27 While the soldiers were looking after themselves, Jesus’ mother, his aunt, Mary, the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene stood at the foot of the cross. Jesus saw his mother and the disciple he loved standing near her. He said to his mother, “Woman, here is your son.” Then to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” From that moment, the disciple accepted her as his own mother.
-John 19:22-27 The Message
Verse 22: Pilate answered, “What I have written I have written.”
Verse 23: Then the soldiers, when they had crucified Jesus, took His outer garments and made four parts, a part to every soldier and also the tunic; now the tunic was seamless, woven in one piece.
Verse 24: So they said to one another, “Let us not tear it, but cast lots for it, to decide whose it shall be,” this was to fulfill the Scripture: “THEY DIVIDED MY OUTER GARMENTS AMONG THEM, AND FOR MY CLOTHING THEY CAST LOTS.”
Verses 23-24 studies: The Roman soldier in charge of crucifixions customarily helped themselves to the clothes of the condemned men. They did with Jesus to divide his clothing, casting lots to determine who would get his seamless tunic. The tunic is Jesus’ most valuable piece of clothing. This fulfilled the prophecy in Psalm 22:18
Verse 25: Therefore, the soldiers did these things. But standing by the cross of Jesus were His mother, His mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene.
Verse 26: When Jesus then saw His mother and the disciple whom He loved standing nearby, He said to His mother, “Woman, behold, your son!”
Verse 27: Then He said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother!” From that hour, the disciple took her into his own household.
Verses 25-27 studies: While dying on the cross, Jesus was concerned about his family. Jesus told John to care for Mary, who is Jesus’ mother. God gave us gifts in the family. We should value and care for family, regardless of circumstances. Christian work or critical responsibilities in any job should excuse you from caring for your family. In other words, care for your family first. What do you do to help your family in a caring way?
Verse 27 study: The Gospel writer John was asked by Jesus to care for his mother. Joseph, Mary’s husband, probably was dead around this time. The question that is asked is, why didn’t Jesus assign the task to his brothers? Jesus being the oldest Jesus entrusted his mother to a person who stayed with him at the cross, that was John.
Father, we learn how critical family is in our lives. Our blessings are family. Let us continue to embrace family and make sure they are a priority over everything. In Jesus’ name. Amen!