It was one of the most glorious moments in history. Palm branches waved. Shouts of Hosanna abounded. People took off their coats and laid them down to welcome the Man riding a donkey. Their Conqueror had come. He was their Savior and their Deliverer, yet they didn’t know the real story. They thought He would deliver them from their Roman oppressors. They didn’t understand that He had really come to deliver them from the greatest oppressor of all, their sin.

Days later, the same crowd called for Jesus to be crucified. As He hung on the cross, His executioners gambled for the only piece of property He owned, His coat. They obviously didn’t have a clue just how precious that coat was or that they were fulfilling prophecy by their very act. Psalm 22:18 prophesied, “They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture.” Those yards of material were part of over 330 prophecies Jesus fulfilled before and during His life, death, and resurrection.

People were willing to have their coats trodden on by a donkey ridden by a Man Who they thought would break the iron bands of Rome. But it was our Lord Who performed the ultimate sacrifice by hanging on that cross as the soldiers gambled for His coat.

He came because of love. Would you be willing to give up your coat because of love? Our Lord gave up far more than His coat. Why don’t you take a moment to thank Jesus for freeing you from the bonds of sin?

No sacrifice can be too great to make for him who gave his life for me. – C.T. Studd

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder