“Let’s not tear it,” they said to one another. “Let’s decide by lot who will get it.” This happened that the scripture might be fulfilled which said, “They divided my garments among them and cast lots for my clothing.” So this is what the soldiers did. John 19:24 (NIV)
They take the convicted Jesus and they hang Him on His cross. He will have no need for His clothes any more so the soldiers divide up what He was wearing between them. The numbers don´t match up just right so they roll the dice to see who gets the bigger share. Their eyes are on what they will win. The earth keeps on turning. Life goes on for the rest of the world. But little do they know or care that prophesies are being lived out to the letter, even as they have their little game of chance. Even as men go on trying to see what they can get, what is written in the Bible is coming true. They may not notice at the time. But it does not take away the fact that God´s plans are being carried out. Scriptures are being fulfilled.
Once again the breeze drifts through and shifts the sands of time. Here we find ourselves picking through the bits of cloth that Jesus leaves. Some would have this piece, while others want that. Within our churches it almost seems as if we are casting our lot to see who will get the greater share. Who will win a bigger part with Jesus? Little do we realize that while we have our little game with religion, Jesus is left hanging there nearby. Scriptures are being fulfilled. Our times too have been foretold centuries ago. There is so much that written about what is happening. The Bible is full of hints towards what we are living out right now. Some words fit us to the letter. Other parts need more prayer and enlightenment. But the point is not in the clothes. It is not about the issues. It is about the One we are leaving hanging. It is, and always has been, about Jesus Christ!
Could it be time we go again to our Bibles? Would now be a great moment to look at those old texts again? But this time, would it be nice not to leave Jesus hanging? Wouldn´t it be nice if we did our searching along with Him? There is so much that our Teacher would still like to let us know about His love, His Father and a future Home together with Them. There is so much happening all around us today that has been spoken of long ago. But once again we can do like the soldiers did and cast our lots for the bits and pieces. Or we could open our eyes and see that these very prophesies are here to bring us surely to Jesus! We can use each and every piece to turn us to Him! We can stand on one side of the story or we can stand on the other! We can be like the soldiers who were worried about scraps. Or we can be with the Lord! How are the Scriptures going to be fulfilled in us today?
So many times we let our attention shift. We turn to all kinds of things that are not really You. True, they may be the things that enfolded You. The issues we grovel over may have something to do with You. But never let our things, our issues or the roll of the dice for us be over those things. We want to use everything at our exposure to bring us directly into contact with You. Let it bring us into the deepest most intimate relationship with You. So as the Scriptures are fulfilled today let that mean that we are brought surely closer to You! As all that is written in the Bible comes to life for us today, let it mean that for us we have found You!