The Seamless Robe of Jesus
“Then the soldiers, when they had crucified Jesus, took his garments, and made four parts, to every soldier a part; and also his coat: now the coat was without seam, woven from the top throughout” (John 19:23). The division is made among the heartless soldiers except for one piece of clothing. As the clothing was divided up, they evidently had taken some interest in the garment without seam. To those tailors and seamstresses, we have something that stands out. Someone had taken the extra effort to make a seamless inner tunic for our Lord. I read recently that this kind of a garment is valuable. The quality of the material chosen was durable and costly to withstand often wearing. Being worn next to the body, which would absorb the sweat and endure friction, would require comfort as well as strength to its constitutional fabric. We do not have details. We see one of the priestly garments is spoken of as seamless in Exodus 39:23, “And there was a hole in the midst of the robe, as the hole of a habergeon, with a band round about the hole, that it should not rend”. We know also this seamless robe was prophesied, “They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture” (Psalm 22:18). Gaming over Jesus’ robe at the foot of His cross! Let us consider some impressions. I am impressed…
I. A Priceless Investment of Worship
This robe was made by someone who showed their esteemed value of Jesus.
A. Their time was given. It took a lot of time and effort to make such a garment. If time is equated as money, this clothing represents quite a sum. Please consider giving your Lord your time in public worship, private devotion and serving others. “… Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me” (Matthew 25:40).
B. Their talent was given. From our understanding, not just anyone was able to make such a robe. Although a simple, modest robe, it was exquisite in quality work and intricately woven. To keep the even flow of design and uphold it’s shape and operation it had to be sewn by one who was talented. It was said of Hiram when aiding Solomon in building the temple: “…he was filled with wisdom, and understanding, and cunning to work all works in brass. And he came to king Solomon, and wrought all his work” (I Kings 7:14). Although Hiram’s work was in brass, somebody who knew tailoring gave their best talents to Christ.
C. Their exaltation of Jesus was on display. This robe may have been this person’s best handiwork ever done, but it was worn as the inner garment, rarely seen by anyone but Jesus. Let us follow the example and do our works for the Lord, unto the Lord. The Bible says of the Pharasees: “For they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God” (John 12:43). Paul said to the Colossians and to us: “And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men” (Colossians 3:23).
II. A prophetic symbol of the inseparable Body of Christ
We see the disciples scattered as Christ dies. “Then saith Jesus unto them, All ye shall be offended because of me this night: for it is written, I will smite the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock shall be scattered abroad” (Matthew 26:31). Yet, after Christ is risen from the dead, He collects His disciples. He calms them, reassures them and proves Himself to them. Then He tells them to go to Jerusalem to wait until they receive power from the promised Third Person of The Holy Trinity (Luke 24:49). They are empowered on the day of Pentecost and two thousand years later the church is still here. “…And upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” (Matthew 16:18). When all other institutions of man have failed, Christ’s Church, like His seamless robe, shall remain un-torn, undiminished and ready for rapture! “But now are they many members, yet but one body” (I Corinthians 12:20).