And, the Romans were very good at it.
The convicted did not just suffer and die on the cross. He was humiliated as well.
The casting of lots for the belongings of Christ by the Roman soldiers was just another part of the routine for them.
But, they did not know who Jesus was.
Jesus is Led Away to be Crucified
“A certain man from Cyrene, Simon, the father of Alexander and Rufus, was passing by on his way in from the country, and they forced him to carry the cross.
They brought Jesus to the place called Golgotha (which means The Place of the Skull).
Then they offered him wine mixed with myrrh, but he did not take it.
And they crucified him. Dividing up his clothes, they cast lots to see what each would get.” – Mark 15:21-24
The Crucifixion of Christ and the Casting of Lots
The casting of lots was similar to gambling; such as playing cards, throwing dice, etc.
This was one of the rights of Roman soldiers; to take the belongings of people who were being crucified.
So, they gambled over Jesus’ clothing to see who would get it.
The Purple Robe
It is not really mentioned here, but I wonder if maybe the purple robe they had placed on Jesus while mocking him was among these clothes.
Remember, purple garments were an extravagance and were fairly expensive.
They were worn mostly by nobles and kings. So, the soldiers would be very interested in owning this robe.
As they gambled over this dying man’s possessions, little did they realize they were sitting at the feet of God.
They never knew who Jesus really was.
Those Who Do Not Know
In our day and time you’ll find many people who do not know who Christ is.
With that said, we should take every opportunity to tell them about Jesus — and what he did for us!
More importantly, we need to share what He can do for them.
There is no greater gift than showing others that Christ offers eternal life through His amazing grace.
In the meantime, I hope you will reflect upon what is happening to Jesus during the Easter season.
Love in Christ
If you have never made the commitment to receive the love and life-changing experience of Jesus Christ, please take a moment to look over John 3:16.