One thing about the Easter story has always bothered me. It is not that big of a deal- more of a side issue really. Strike that- there was a prophecy about it, so it was a big deal, but it is not core to the whole ‘penal substitution thing.’Jesus’ clothes.
Why would they gamble for them?
That the Roman soldiers cast lots (or ‘threw dice’ for us) for Jesus’ clothes is one of the details that is recorded in all 4 Gospels. That is a big deal because there is not a whole lot that all 4 writers mention. More than that, John mentions that it happened to fulfill Scripture prophecy. In Psalm 22:18, David wrote: “they divide my garments among them, and for my clothing they cast lots.” (ESV)
So my question is- why would they want them? We know that Jesus was poor (despite what many prosperity preachers will say). His clothes would have been common. What is more, Jesus was beaten within an inch of His life (Thank God!). Wouldn’t His clothes be ruined?
Again, not a huge deal, but one that would come up to me every once in a while. Then yesterday I was researching some things for a sermon and I stumbled across this: when Luke records Jesus’ appearance before Herod, he includes this detail-
And Herod with his soldiers treated him with contempt and mocked him. Then, arraying him in splendid clothing, he sent him back to Pilate. (Luke 23:11, ESV, emphasis mine)
Why would they want His clothes? The Bible answers that as well.