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Daily Devotional: Grace & Truth (Day 19)

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Key Scripture

“When the soldiers crucified Jesus, they took his clothes, dividing them into four shares, one for each of them, with the undergarment remaining. This garment was seamless, woven in one piece from top to bottom.  “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 19:23-24 (NIV)

Daily Devotional Series

Grace & Truth Day 19

Reading: John 19

How would you feel if you were forced to show up naked in front of all your friends, family, and coworkers? Some of you might say, “I would die!” You would die of humiliation. The argument hasn’t ever been settled about Jesus being stripped at the crucifixion. Did he have some kind of loin cloth that we depict on all of our crucifixes, allowing for some modesty to protect his and ours decency or was he stripped naked, a sign of complete humiliation. That’s just the body.

On judgement day, there is going to be great humiliation. Revelation says that at the judgement seat we will all be laid bare that all the world will see our thoughts and actions. All the things that you and I have successfully kept hidden from the world will be exposed. The private addictions. The nastiness of our phrases. The crude jokes at others expense. Whatever goes in the walls of our houses. Computer hard drives would be confiscated. We would die of shame and humiliation. Except for this.

We will not be clothed in humiliation. We will be covered in white robes of Jesus’ righteousness. When God looks at us, he will not see our inherent depravity, he will see his Son and his holiness.

Revelation 7:13-17 13 Then one of the elders asked me, “These in white robes– who are they, and where did they come from?” 14 I answered, “Sir, you know.” And he said, “These are they who have come out of the great tribulation; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. 15 Therefore, “they are before the throne of God and serve him day and night in his temple; and he who sits on the throne will spread his tent over them. 16 Never again will they hunger; never again will they thirst. The sun will not beat upon them, nor any scorching heat. 17 For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd; he will lead them to springs of living water. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”

Today’s Prayer

Oh dearest Jesus, thank you for taking not just my death but my humiliation as well. Help me live a life that reflects your deep love for me by sacrificing myself for the good of others. In your name. Amen.