This was the day the Lord Jesus died. The prince of this world has done his worst. The Roman soldiers stripped Him naked and placed on him a purple robe. On His head they put a crown of thorns and in His hand an ordinary stick for a scepter. They staged a mock worship. They knelt before Him and laughed, singing: ‘Hail, king of the Jews…’ This was a cheap entertainment for soldiers who are bored with their daily routines and bitter with their low wages. At last, tired and sweating, with no one to clap for their improvised show, they disrobed Him again and took Him to Golgotha Hill.
At the foot of the Cross they cast lots for His clothes. The Jewish mothers use to saw a special robe for their first born sons. It is possible that Mary sawed that seamless robe, too good to be torn into pieces. One of the solders won it as his trophy and as a reminder of a day like no other. Mary, John and the other women were there watching, but none could help. Six hours later, the naked King, nailed on the tree, bowed His head. It was all ‘finished…’
A king is known by his robe, his crown and his scepter. The purple robe of Jesus was the robe of sin and shame. He wore it for me and for you so that in Him, we may become the righteousness of God. His second lovingly homemade robe was stolen from Him. The fake ‘queen of heaven’ disrobed and disgraced the true King. Her so called ‘victory’ lasted only a moment in time, when darkness covered the land. That same Cross that killed the Prince of Glory became her eternal shame, as a murderer for whom there is no mercy.
The third robe of Jesus was designed in heaven and none can disgrace or steal that. The King is now dressed with the royal robe of eternal and complete authority in heaven and on earth. He holds the scepter of righteousness. On His head are many crowns. No one can take these away! No one can steal His testimony! The Holy Spirit sent to earth is His royal gift and seal to us who believe. May all who acknowledge His majesty come forward and let the Worship begin…Let’s bring our successes, our crowns and place them at His feet…for He alone is worthy, to receive all power and praise, forever!
“I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose Rider is called Faithful and True. With justice He judges and makes war. His eyes are like blazing fire and on His head are many crowns…He is dressed in a robe dipped in Blood and His name is the Word of God…On His robe and on His thigh He has this name written: King of kings and Lord of lords!” (Rev 19)