Daily Devotion: Our Seamless Saviour (Good Friday 2019)

John 19:23-24, When the soldiers had crucified Jesus, they took His garments and divided them into four parts, one part for each soldier; also His tunic.  But His tunic was seamless, woven in one piece from top to bottom, so they said to one another, “Let us not tear it, but cast lots for it to see whose it shall be.”  This was to fulfil the Scripture which says, “They divided My garments among them, and for My clothing they cast lots.” [Psalm 22:18]

Have you ever gotten lost and on your way to find your way back, you end up in some seamy part of town? Some sordid, corrupt ghetto? So, not wanting to venture forward, you simply turn back around and go back the way you came. If we’re being completely honest with ourselves, deep within us is that seamy part of us—where our sinful thoughts and desires reside. No one wants to visit that place because of its sordid corruption that is filled with guilt and shame. It is that very place that Christ came so that He may bring us out of it.

Today is Good Friday, which is the day we remember that Christ was crucified for us. Why do we call it “Good Friday” when our Saviour died? Well, how would you feel if on that day, you were going to be hanged for all the sins you’ve committed, but Jesus took your place instead? You’d feel pretty good, right? That’s why we call it Good Friday. Not only did Christ, the sinless Son of God, take off His seamless tunic, but He also took off His robe of seamless perfection; and He put on the rags of our filthy righteousness, our guilt, our shame, our failures, and the death we deserve. He took upon Himself the wrath of God we justly deserve. He put on the sins of humanity in order to do what we are incapable of doing: paying the ransom for our sinful debts and to win salvation.

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