What Jesus Did! 'The Gamble' — John 19:23-24

Thursday, December 1, 2022

When the soldiers had crucified Jesus, they divided his clothes among the four of them. They also took his robe, but it was seamless, woven in one piece from top to bottom. So they said, "Rather than tearing it apart, let's throw dice for it." This fulfilled the Scripture that says, "They divided my garments among themselves and threw dice for my clothing." So that is what they did.
— John 19:23-24 NLT

Key Thought

There was a whole lot more gambling going on at the cross than just the gamble for Jesus' seamless robe. Some gambled that their understanding was correct, enough so to put another man to death even though he did amazing things and the Roman governor had declared him innocent multiple times. Some gambled that Jesus was just another Jewish criminal being executed, never imagining they were putting nails through the hands of God himself. Others gambled that their mockery was justified and had a worthy target. No one should look at the cross and then reject it without realizing the horrible gamble being made by God — that you and I would see his love demonstrated and accept his grace. If Jesus is the Son of God, then everything can be completely different ... new ... clean ... holy in us because of Jesus!

Today's Prayer

Father, I am simply amazed and stunned at your bold — dare I say it — risk of love in Jesus. We, your people, have often rejected your greatest gifts of love. How could you keep loving us so much, Father, that you would offer and risk such a costly gift? I do not understand it, but I do believe it, and I offer you my life, my love, and my all in Jesus' name. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • John 5:24
  • John 14:6
  • John 20:30-31


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Illustration of John 19:23-24 NLT — "Rather than tearing it apart, let's throw dice for it."   ——   "They divided my garments among themselves and threw dice for my clothing."

About This Devotional

What Jesus Did! is a series of one-year devotional guides through each gospel, using one short scripture passage each day and following the Gospel in sequential order. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage and a reflection and a prayer which open up the day's scripture and show how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware and is available in book form.

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