Intro: We have been looking at coats in the Bible over the last several months. We have seen Samuel’s coat
with its pockets of blessings, Joseph’s Coat of Many Colors (A Very Special Coat), Adam’s Coat (The Coats Of Skin),
Elijah’s Mantle, The Coats Of The Hebrew Boys (Neither Were Their Coats Changed), and tonight I want us to look at the
Robe Of Jesus. Our text says that they put on him a purple robe. Notice Jesus’ Robe Was:
I. Perfect: v.
23 says it was without a seam. Perfectly woven together in one piece was this robe. It is a likeness of our Lord’s nature.
He was perfectly woven. He was without flaw. (Heb 4:15, 7:26). He knew no sin (II Cor 5:21). He was tempted of Satan, but
he responded, “It is written.” He was tempted of the Pharisees, but he responded with wisdom in parables. He was
tempted of Caiaphas, Herod, and Pilate, but like a sheep before his shearers, he opened not his mouth.
Purple: v. 2, 5, There are several things we learn about the robe being purple:
A. Is A Perfect Blend
Of Blue And Red: Blue shows his royalty, and red shows his humanity. That is who Jesus was. God’s perfect man and man’s
perfect God. He was God’s Christ become Man’s Jesus. He was all man and all God at the same time!
Provided By The Harvesting Of A Shellfish In The Mediterranean Sea: It took 250,000 mollusks to make one ounce of the die.
These creatures were killed in order to color the thread of purple. Each person who wore this color wore a robe that told
of great sacrifice. None wore it as a symbol of sacrifice more than our Lord.
C. Canaan means “Land
of the Purple”: Jesus wore the robe and gave the sacrifice that we might live in Canaan, the land of the purple.
Purple was the color of royalty: They put it on Jesus to mock him as the king of the Jews. But the one who they mocked as
king was the King Of Kings! They knew him not as king, but he was a king who became a beggar so that beggars like you and
me could be kings! II Cor 8:9 “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.”
III. Peeled: Mark
15:17-20, Matt 27:31, After they beat his back with the cat of nine tails, they robed him in this purple. It was soaked in
his blood as they laid the crown on his head and beat it down with a reed. They smote put a bag over his head and hit him
in the face. They removed the bag, spat on him, cursed his sweet name, and saying he was surely no king they ripped the robe
with the dried blood off the back of our Savior reopening the wounds on his back. They put on him a heavy Roman cross and
whipped him as he struggled up a bloody mile to Golgotha’s hill. It was a robe of suffering for our Lord, but he was
stripped of it and made a shame of nakedness before men.
IV. Precious: Matt 27:35, v. 24, This was
a fulfillment of a prophecy in Ps 22:18, “They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture.”
They considered it too costly to cut up and divide, so they cast lots for it.
Conclusion: For me that
robe is precious. Though a soldier took it by chance, I have benefited from it by providence. At the hem of that robe there
is cleansing. At the touch of that robe there is forgiveness. In the sacrifice of that robe there is new life. In the gift
of that robe there is a promise of heaven.
There was an old song we used to sing when I was a kid that goes
It's a story so unkind in the Holy Book we find,
And it tells how Jesus stood alone
False accused and there condemned,
Yet they found no fault with Him.
The man who wore the Scarlet
Purple Robe my Savior wore, oh the shame for me He bore,
He stood alone forsaken, on that day.
And they placed upon His head, piercing thorns of blood stained red.
His raiment was a Scarlet Purple Robe.
In the common judgment hall, He was mocked
and scorned by all.
And the tears of sorrow fell upon His cheek,
Soldiers of the wicked man, smote Him with
their evil hand
The man who wore the scarlet purple robe.
Words of truth, that day was
plain, from the lips of Pilate came.
In this man, I find no reason He should die.
But the multitude then cried,
“Let Him now be crucified,”
The Man who wore the Scarlet Purple Robe.