Our Seamless Saviour
John 19:23 “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.”
John 19:24 “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.”
Hello readers, today I want to talk about “our seamless Saviour”. I believe that there is a real blessing in considering Jesus Christ’s seamless coat. The Bible was written so that we would believe, and that’s what this blog is about, to point you to Jesus Christ to believe in. He is “without seam” in every sense of the word, please consider him as we consider his coat. “Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus”
If you’ve ever heard or used the words “seamless” or “seamlessly” to describe flawlessness and perfection, know that this passage of scripture is where it comes from. We learn during his crucifixion in the book of John that Jesus Christ wore a seamless coat. Such a small detail, and perhaps irrelevant to you. But such a small detail about Jesus Christ’s coat can serve as such a marvellous object lesson in understanding the gold standard for perfection found only in the seamlessness of Jesus Christ.
I really couldn’t believe how much his coat could teach us about Jesus Christ and his word. If you look at your own clothing, you’ll notice that most, if not all of it, has seams. What are seams? Well, seams are where the two edges of clothing are united together using a needle. Seams are used for joining and fixing. They’re pretty obvious upon inspection. I work at an orchard where we fix bird nets, and everywhere we fix and join creates seams. And when they’ve got that, they’re definitely no longer “perfect” and “as new” when we first rolled them out. Just think, Jesus Christ’s coat started seamless, and was still seamless at his crucifixion. Think about that, everything else in life comes apart at the seams, but Jesus Christ doesn’t and won’t on you.
Have you ever heard the saying “coming apart at the seams?” We use that saying when everything in our life is falling apart. Because seams create “weak” spots wherever they are. Is your life falling apart at the seams? Or perhaps more appropriately, is anyone’s life NOT falling apart at the seams? And no matter how much we try to stitch our life back together, all we seem to do is stitch ourselves up further. Don’t get stitched up, get SAVED!
Trust in Jesus Christ. Because everything about him is seamless. He created a seamless creation. He lived a seamless life. He never sinned. Not even once. Jesus was perfectly righteous. And because of his seamless righteousness, he was able to offer himself as a seamless sacrifice for our sins, and because of that he can offer you a seamless salvation. Which he does today. Right now, that seamless coat has fallen in your lap. What do you do with it? Consider Christ’s coat!
Jesus Christ’s coat teaches us all about the salvation he offers. Just picture that seamless coat. And we learn that this coat firstly teaches us that Jesus is “fully sufficient” for salvation. He’s all you need. His salvation saves you, covers you, and clothes you entirely. Nothing less than Christ is required to be saved, but also nothing more than Christ is required to be saved. Jesus is all you need for every part of your life. “Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him” If you’ve got everything but him, you’ve got nothing. If you’ve got him, you’ve got everything. “I am thy exceeding great reward”.
But Jesus’ coat also teaches us that he is “solely sufficient” for salvation. Yes he can save you, and he will save you, but know this, he is also the ONLY one that can save you. He’s not joining forces with anyone or anything else. It’s either all him or not him at all. God shares his glory with no one and nothing else. He’s not going to do part of it and there be other pieces joined in there. Just think about it, like there were no other pieces joined in his coat, there’s no piece of Mohammad or Buddha or your good works or self righteousness that can or will be joined to who he is and what he has done. Jesus Christ isn’t “a” way, or one of many ways… he is THE way, THE truth and THE life.
I noticed words like “throughout”, what a word that is. Spirit, soul, body… that’s you throughout. Time past, time present, time future… that’s throughout. Forever is a pretty big throughout. Jesus Christ offers you a “throughout” salvation. He will save all of you. He will work throughout your entire life. He won’t be done with you ever. “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:” And it’s a perfect work he’s doing in your life. Yeah we’re a mess, but he’s still perfect in my mess. Note “From the top throughout”, because salvation is from God to man, just like his word is from God to man. Jesus came down here remember, Jesus said he was from above, but we are from beneath. Salvation is of the Lord. God has to move in our lives to be saved, but we do have responsibility to trust in him. And I want a salvation from above, from top down, not from bottom up. I can’t work my way up… but God came down here.
When people say “take it from the top”, it means to start again. Man this should bless you. When God starts his work on you… he takes it from the top, he starts again. Our salvation starts with a new birth… that’s our beginning. It’s a heavenly birth and it’s a complete work of God. He is the Creator… if he can’t create, you are not saved. The Bible starts with creation, not with John 3:16 for a reason. If you don’t believe in Creator God, you cannot believe in Saviour God.
And that leads into this next thought, which is that Jesus Christ’s coat teaches us that God doesn’t accept or do patch jobs. Your patch job righteousness isn’t enough. Maybe you’re piecing together a pretty good life, and you’ve grown fond of that old life just like an old favourite bit of clothing, and hey you’ve repaired some holes, and you’ve patched it up pretty good. But it isn’t a seamless coat. It’s not Christ’s coat. Sin has left plenty of marks on your life and your righteousness. And Jesus won’t be patching that. You gotta throw that thing away. Mark 10:50 “And he, casting away his garment, rose, and came to Jesus.” Salvation is not a religious patch job, it’s not patching up your old life and the old you… Jesus Christ gives you totally new life based on his seamless righteousness. “Ye must be born again.”
One of things that most struck me from this coat is that I learnt that Jesus’ coat teaches us that we are either fully saved or not at all saved. Salvation is not a gradual process where you add on bits and pieces to make the full thing eventually. When you got the coat, you got the entire thing and all of it, or you had none of it. The coat was an entire work. Salvation is an entire work. When you get saved, you get all of it. But if you don’t have all of it, you’ve got none of it. Right now, you’re either completely saved or completely lost. If Jesus Christ does not dwell in your heart by faith, you’re reprobate. There’s no midway. When you repent and believe, you’re entirely saved. But if you’re not saved, you’re entirely lost. Salvation is all or nothing.
But let’s now talk about God’s word. Let’s talk about the Bible. Because Jesus Christ’s coat is a picture of the Bible. And it shows how we can know his word from a perversion of his word. Give your Bible the seamless coat inspection test. If your Bible has any seam, anywhere, it is not God’s word. I saw in Jesus’ seamless coat that God won’t be altering a single thing about what he has said and what he requires of you. The deal is trust in his Son alone, that’s final, that’s how you’re saved. If God changed something, that would leave a seam mark where he’s added in or taken away. But God isn’t changing a thing. And that’s great! Imagine if God did make alterations later on, what if he was like Laban changing Jacob’s wages ten times? What if he changed his covenant ten times on us? Thank God he is the unchanging God. “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.”
Let us consider the perfection of God’s word that we see in Jesus Christ’s coat. God’s word has no mistakes, and if your Bible has mistakes, it’s not God’s word. If God has mistakes in his word, could he make a mistake in saving you? He better be mistake free, for our sake right? When man operates on God’s word, and they do, man has left unmistakable seam marks where all the deletions and revisions are made… but in so doing has ceased to be God’s word. The Authorized King James Bible is God’s perfect, preserved and inspired word. All the others have seam marks all through them where hundreds and thousands of revisions and deletions and alterations have been made, perverting the perfection of the word, but ceasing to be God’s word, instead just a butcher hack job of man. Jesus’ coat was already perfect, it didn’t need to be made “more perfect”. Instead of changing it… BELIEVE it.
What about this? Jesus’ seamless coat also teaches us of the preservation of God’s word. Those soldiers did not tear it up. That is very significant. There are a lot who would like to tear up truth, but God’s word endures forever. Get this, this blew me away. Even those Roman soldiers realized that the value of the coat was in its complete preservation, God’s word without preservation is useless. The value of God’s word is in its preservation. If they tore it up, that coat became worthless, just rags. It’s worth was in it’s intact perfect preservation. And any collector of anything knows that the value of collectibles lie in their preservation… come on now. If God hasn’t preserved his word, we have nothing. But it is preserved, and preserved perfectly, just like he will preserve you forever if you trust in him. You better believe in preservation, because your eternity depends on it.
Jesus’ seamless coat also teaches us about the inspiration of God’s word. Get this. Because what they did with Jesus’ coat was foretold many hundreds of years earlier and perfectly fulfilled. Only God can tell the future to such detail and accuracy as the Bible does with all of Jesus’ life. God’s word is INSPIRED, it is not the word of man, it’s author is the Holy Ghost. We’re not dealing with opinions, ideas, philosophies, prognostications and theorizing of man, this is God’s word, a book LOADED with an impossible crossfire of prophecies yet with 100% accuracy… because God wrote it.
Think about this, everywhere that Jesus Christ’s coat went it told the story about the seamless Son of God who died for the sins of the world. That coat had a testimony, God’s word testifies, and you also should have a seamless testimony. The seamlessness of Christ’s coat attested to the perfection of everything he was and is and says and does. Jesus Christ is seamless. There’s no part where this thing falls apart. And think about those soldiers who’s lap his coat fell into. What does that tell us of? It tells us that we are all without excuse. “And in his name shall the Gentiles trust” These aren’t times of ignorance, we have more access to light and truth than ever before. You have been given enough to be saved. That’s why such a generation as ours receives only one sign, the prophet Jonah. If Nineveh repented at Jonah’s preaching, how much more those who have heard God’s Son? What a gamble we are all making with our own souls, exactly like they did with the coat. But maybe like those Roman soldiers, you still fail to truly grasp what has fallen into your hands, as you handle but pass seamless perfection on.
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Hi, my name is Joseph Zadow. I am a 32 y/o Bible Blogger. I was new to blogging once! God’s word is the best thing that we can be given, and once we have it and know it for ourselves it is both a privilege and responsibility to bring it to others! We are blessed to be a blessing! I am a sinner (for sure!) saved by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ and I am a Lord Jesus Christ follower. He is faithful even though I rarely am to him. I believe the Bible is the word of God, and stake my life on it. My destination is heaven. As they say, I’m just a passin’ through this world… although most of the time it’s more like hangin’ by a thread in Jericho! I love playing sports – particularly cricket… I currently work on an orchard and a side hobby business of mine is growing vegetables etc – they are good for you! I love writing. Always happy to talk, so feel free to leave a comment. You can read more about me and my blog here – kjvbibletruth.com/about :)
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