The Yves Saint Laurent robe Jesus wore
John 19:24 -
They said therefore one to another, 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 garments among them, And upon my vesture did they cast lots.
You may be surprised at my title of today's mail but this title I gave so as to give you an understanding of the quality of robe that Jesus wore.
People do not understand the scripture which says 'for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich'; this scripture has nothing to do with money or material things. Jesus wore the best robe a middle class person could afford. It was not that Jesus had a liking for good clothes but He wore this with purpose. White linen cloth represented righteousness in the dress of the High Priest and Jesus being The High Priest of all High Priests wore this robe. His righteousness was unmatchable to any human being and it was for this reason that His robe was not allowed to be torn and was thus gambled between the soldiers.
The poor factor which is connected with Lord Jesus is His humbling Himself in the Spirit world so that He could come as man and personally help us. If Lord Jesus comes in His own true glory, nor man, nor creation would be able to stand before Him. The same is the case with the Holy Spirit and therefore the term Christ is used with Jesus in the same scripture. He will show us His glory only after He has finished His work in us and made us incorruptible.
Jesus did not need money for His needs yet He and His team did carry a purse which did have sufficient for them. The Lord throughout scriptures promises us of meeting all us our earthly needs, which means we will have sufficient and that extra given is for tithing unto others.
The riches which the Bible talks of blessing us with are spiritual riches and not earthly riches. A person blessed with the extra money is actually tested by the Lord and that test is a very hard test. Like the young rich man who was good in all his other areas yet could not pass this test and lost Jesus. In a similar way, having extra earthly riches bring us into great test wherein many fail and lose Jesus. We need to learn to handle our finances like Abraham did, the way he tithed, took care of his servants etc... Abraham was not a very, very rich man during his time but he was average in the upper income group and this is recorded in history.
[ Prayer Starter ]
Lord, we pray that You take charge of our hearts that we may not be lost to the pleasures of this world. That money does not take your position in our lives. Help us to always remember that You are our provider and all that we ever need is already given unto us, all we need to do is fetch it by our daily efforts...
This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.
[ Reference Scripture ]
2 Corinthians 8:7-9
7 Therefore, as ye abound in every thing, in faith, and utterance, and knowledge, and in all diligence, and in your love to us, see that ye abound in this grace also.
8 I speak not by commandment, but by occasion of the forwardness of others, and to prove the sincerity of your love.
9 For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich.
16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.
17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:
18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.
16 And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?
17 And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.
18 He saith unto him, Which? Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness,
19 Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
20 The young man saith unto him, All these things have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet?
21 Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me.
22 But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions.
23 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven.
24 And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.
25 When his disciples heard it, they were exceedingly amazed, saying, Who then can be saved?
34 And he said, I am Abraham's servant.
35 And the LORD hath blessed my master greatly; and he is become great: and he hath given him flocks, and herds, and silver, and gold, and menservants, and maidservants, and camels, and asses.
14 And when Abram heard that his brother was taken captive, he armed his trained servants, born in his own house, three hundred and eighteen, and pursued them unto Dan.
15 And he divided himself against them, he and his servants, by night, and smote them, and pursued them unto Hobah, which is on the left hand of Damascus.
16 And he brought back all the goods, and also brought again his brother Lot, and his goods, and the women also, and the people.
17 And the king of Sodom went out to meet him after his return from the slaughter of Chedorlaomer, and of the kings that were with him, at the valley of Shaveh, which is the king's dale.
18 And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the most high God.
19 And he blessed him, and said, Blessed be Abram of the most high God, possessor of heaven and earth:
20 And blessed be the most high God, which hath delivered thine enemies into thy hand. And he gave him tithes of all.
21 And the king of Sodom said unto Abram, Give me the persons, and take the goods to thyself.
22 And Abram said to the king of Sodom, I have lift up mine hand unto the LORD, the most high God, the possessor of heaven and earth,
23 That I will not take from a thread even to a shoelatchet, and that I will not take any thing that is thine, lest thou shouldest say, I have made Abram rich:
24 Save only that which the young men have eaten, and the portion of the men which went with me, Aner, Eshcol, and Mamre; let them take their portion.
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