Okay, the trial is complete and we are moving forward past the beating, scourging, and the disrespect that was given Jesus after the trial and before the cross.  We are moving to the cross.
   These people were so kind and sorrowful that they carried Jesus’ cross – right?  WRONG, a big W R O N G !!  Jesus was beaten so bad he bled and bled, losing blood and strength; yet, they insisted he carry his own cross to a place called the skull or called in the Hebrew Golgotha
  Pilate wrote a title for the cross that read: Jesus Of Nazareth The King Of The Jews  The chief priests wanted the title changed to say I am the King of the Jews; however, Pilate said what I have written I have written and it remained.  It was written in  Hebrew, and Greek, and Latin.
  Let’s look at verse 23/24 in John 19 for a moment.  This fulfills the prophesies of the Old Testament.  Also, look at Psalm 22 that relates to this as well.  Here it is: 23 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.
24 They said therefore among themselves, Let us not rend it, but cast lots for it, whose it shall be: that the scripture might be fulfilled, which saith, They parted my raiment among them, and for my vesture they did cast lots. These things therefore the soldiers did.
The part I would like you to focus on now is “the coat was without seam, woven from the top throughout” ; and why would you think this is stated about the coat?  Psalm 22:18 talks about casting lots for the garments.
       John says that lots were drawn for Jesus’s tunic, “woven without seam from top to bottom” (Jn19:23). We may consider this as a reference to the High Priest’s robe, which was “woven from a single thread”, without stitching (Fl. Josephus, a III, 161). For he, the Crucified One, is the true High Priest.
   Clothing in these days as is today, tell us much about a man.  By striping Jesus’ public stripping means that Jesus is no longer anything at all, he is simply an outcast, despised by all alike. The moment of the stripping reminds us of the expulsion from Paradise: God’s splendour has fallen away from man, who now stands naked and exposed, unclad and ashamed. And so Jesus once more takes on the condition of fallen man. Stripped of his garments, he reminds us that we have all lost the “first garment” that is God’s splendour.
   The soldiers cast lots for Jesus’ garments, but the most valuable was the seamless robe, one that a high priest would wear.
   Let us meditate on this today and finish the rest of day 28 tomorrow.  Thank you for reading.