February 8, 2023     12:40 pm
122. Week of Fifth Sunday in Lent - Tuesday
They parted my raiment among them
          If these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out.   Luke 19:40
          Pilate wrote a title, a superscription briefly telling what Jesus was accused of, and placed it on the cross above His head. It read thus: "JESUS OF NAZARETH THE KING OF THE JEWS." This title was read by many of the Jews; for the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city; and it was written in Hebrew, Greek, and Latin. Then the chief priests of the Jews said to Pilate: "Do not write: 'The King of the Jews,' but that He said: I am the King of the Jews." Pilate answered: "What I have written I have written." - 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. So they said among themselves: "Let us not tear it, but cast lots for it, to decide whose it shall be," that the scripture might be fulfilled, which said: "They parted my raiment among them, and for my vesture they cast lots." (Ps. 22:18.) And sitting down, they watched Him there. These things the soldiers did; and the people stood watching. Didn't one person among the people lift up his voice to confess Jesus? None. Not one of His disciples? None; most of them had fled. Then the stones must cry out. The superscription of godless Pilate proclaimed in three languages that Jesus was the Saviour. For "King of the Jews" was a familiar term applied to the Messiah, the Christ, the Saviour. And the blind soldiers who divided His garments and cast lots for His coat visibly fulfilled the great and wonderful prophecy concerning the crucifixion of the Messiah which was and is still to be read in Psalm 22. Christian, open heart and lips to confess Christ the Crucified as your Saviour!
          PRAYER: - Saviour, O Saviour, help me lest I shun the shame of Your cross! Help me loudly, freely, and publicly to confess You to be my dear Saviour and the only Saviour of the world. Certainly, You regarded neither shame nor death to save me; You will confess me, a miserable sinner, to be Your own in the presence of Your Father and all the holy angels. Create, then, in me, O my Lord and Saviour, that fruit of the lips which consists in giving thanks to Your name. Amen.

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February 8, 2023     12:40 pm