Answers to BSF Bible Study Questions John Lesson 26 Day 3
6. The Roman soldiers took his clothes and divided them up four ways. (MSG)
Crucifixion was the Romans’ most humiliating, degrading, excruciating, and terrifying form of execution. To increase the humiliation, the “criminal” was usually stripped naked.
The four soldiers, so accustomed to this gruesome task, that they made a game out of dividing Jesus’ clothing. They were indifferent to Jesus’ pain and the humiliation of hanging “there naked for all those hours, gazed on…by a mocking crowd.” (MacLaren)
Jesus submitted to this humiliating experience. It didn’t take him by surprise. He knew what the soldiers were about to do.
“The soldiers did this in an unknowing fulfillment of the prophecy of Psalm 22:18.”
The tunic was without seam, woven from the top in one piece: The main garment Jesus wore (the tunic) was made well enough that it was better to not tear it into four parts, as each of the four soldiers had already received one of His other garments.
i. Jesus’ seamless tunic reminds us of His role as our great High Priest, because Exodus 28:31-32 tells us that the High Priest wore a seamless garment. (David Guzik)
“They make a game out of dividing my clothes among themselves; they cast lots for the clothes on my back.” Psalm 22:18 (Voice)
I wonder what happened when the soldiers took Jesus’ clothes home?
“People would take a handkerchief or article of clothing that had touched Paul’s skin and bring it to their sick friends or relatives, and the patients would be cured of their diseases or released from the evil spirits that oppressed them.” Acts 19:12 (Voice)
7. Jesus became poor and we became rich.
a. Adam and Eve rushed to hide their naked bodies.
- Because they sinned, Adam and Eve felt vulnerable and ashamed. “They rushed to hide their naked bodies, stitching fig leaves into crude loincloths.” (Voice) God had mercy on their emotional state. He sacrificed animals, piecing together the skins to make clothes for them to wear. Genesis 3
- Our spiritual garments are ceremonially unclean and even our “good works” are like soiled rags, “hurrying us…toward destruction.” (AMPC) Isaiah 64:6
- “Rich as he was, (Jesus) gave it all away for us—in one stroke he became poor and we became rich.” 2 Corinthians 8:9 (MSG)
- If we are neither cold with apathy nor hot with passion; if we claim to be rich and in need of nothing; Jesus says we fail to realize we are miserable, pathetic, poor, blind, and naked.
So here is what he suggests: buy true gold from me (gold refined by fire so that you can be truly rich, white garments (to cover us so that we can keep the shame of our nakedness from showing), and eye ointment (to treat our eyes so that we may see clearly). Revelation 3:15-18 (Voice)
b. God meant it for good.
(Jesus) “became sin for us so that in Him we might embody the very righteousness of God.” 2 Corinthians 5:21 (Voice)
God loved his created ones so much, he orchestrated the sacrifice of his only son to restore our fellowship with him. Even more than just fellowship—to become the beloved bride of Christ.
The man healed of demon possession
This tormented man lived as an outcast for many years, naked and alone in the tombs of Gadara, near Galilee. When he saw Jesus, he fell to his knees and shouted at the top of his voice, begging for mercy from God. Jesus commanded the demons to leave him and then cast them into a herd of pigs that rushed down the steep bank into a lake and drowned. The man was healed physically, but more importantly, spiritually.
He was so overwhelmed with gratitude for what Jesus had done, he begged to travel with Jesus and stay by His side. But Jesus had other plans. Instead, Jesus told him to go and share his story. And he did.
What had once been a burden to bear became a powerful story of holy transformation. This man’s past, and the healing he experienced, became the foundation of a purpose in life that he would have never imagined — living his life as proof of the life-changing power of Jesus.
The man’s story became a testimony when he was willing to share it with others. How many people believed in Jesus and are now spending eternity with Him simply because this former demon-possessed man willingly allowed his terrible past to become a story of redemption and purpose?
People can deny Christ, dispute Scripture and ignore prophecy, but they cannot deny, dispute or ignore God’s transformational power in someone’s life. Our stories of pain, adversity and overcoming in Christ are meant to serve as a testimony of God’s faithfulness and power, evidence that God really can take what the devil meant for evil and use it for good.
– From Proverbs31.org