CHRIST AND CLOTHING

Friday, November 23, 2018

     "And they brought him to the place called Golgotha (which means the place of a skull). And they offered him wine mingled with myrrh; but he did not take it. And they crucified him, and divided his garments among them, casting lots for them, to decide what each should take.” (Mk 15: 22-24)

 

     Each of the four soldiers who crucified our Lord “won” a piece of His garments for himself. And Christ let them “win” in this way, as He knew they would, as was revealed in an ancient prophecy found in Psalm 21/22: “They have divided my garments amongst themselves, and for my clothing have they cast lots.” (Ps 21/22: 18) So these soldiers got to be clothed in Christ’s garments, and He let them do that.Why? So that we, who choose to surrender to Him, rather than “win” over Him, can be “clothed” not merely in garments but in Him, in His very Body: “For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.” (Gal 3: 27) In Baptism, God no longer clothes us (only) in “garments of skin,” as He lovingly did for us in the Garden right after our Fall (Gen 3: 21), when we first experienced shame. Those garments were just a “band-aid” to help us deal with shame, when we weren’t yet ready to hand it over to God for healing. But our new “clothing” is not in the old Adam but in Christ, Who is clothed not in shame but in “majesty” or “beauty” (εὐπρέπειαν ἐνεδύσατο, в лЕпоту облечеся, Ps 92/93: 1).

 

     Today let me let Christ clothe me His way, and make me beautiful again, with Himself. Let me embrace Him, as He embraces me and all of us, with His hands outstretched on the Cross. “Remember me, Lord, when You come into Your kingdom!” (Lk 23: 42)

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