But Jesus was saying, “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.” And they cast lots, dividing up His garments among themselves. Luke 23:34
As we continue to look at the last words spoken by Jesus on the cross, we come across this powerful display of God’s love toward humanity. Here Jesus is not only crucified on a cross, hanging in agony, he also being spit on and verbally abused by all the spectators. Instead of Jesus condemning them all he prays to God to forgive them all for their ignorance.
This is such a powerful moment as we know God so loved the world that he sent Jesus to die on the cross for our sins, but also even while Jesus was being tortured by us for our sins, he still showed us grace and mercy. It’s important to remember Jesus was on that cross because of us, every sin we committed he paid the price for.
At the end of the scripture it says “They divided up his clothes among themselves”, as we seen in the other scriptures, this again was another prophecy fulfilled and was spoken in Psalms
They divide my garments among them, And for my clothing they cast lots. Psalm 22:18
So why would the Roman soldiers want the clothes of Jesus? This is obviously a debated topic but here are my thoughts. This displayed Jesus as being the “high priest” (Hebrews 4) the high priest would wear the most expensive clothing, and remember Pilate put a purple robe on Jesus during the trial to mock him.
Secondly this displays the death Jesus suffered for our sins. Even the two thieves on both sides of Jesus were left alone, but the Roman soldiers decided to humiliate Jesus even more.
But as Jesus said, Father forgive them, the love that was displayed at the cross is beyond our comprehension. Remember Gods love for you in Jesus Name Amen