One Year Bible

Daily Devotional

by Larry Stockstill

It seems that God in His foreknowledge was determined to leave Jesus with nothing as He finished the work on the cross. Jesus’ clothes were His last physical possessions upon the earth. As was customary, the soldiers received those for themselves.

Paul said, “You know how full of love and kindness our Lord Jesus Christ was. Though he was very rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that by his poverty he could make you rich” (2 Corinthians 8:9). Jesus completely emptied Himself of all earthly riches and glory in order to pay the full price for our redemption. How opposite His attitude was from that of a world that struggles to amass wealth and fortune! 

Let us live to give. In the short time we are on earth, let us use our worldly possessions as tools to reach the lost. At the moment of death, we will discard all earthly goods, like an animal shedding a worn-out skin. Let’s take a fresh look at our possessions and ask how they can serve to further the Gospel before God calls us home to glory!

2SAMUEL 17:1-29

JOHN 19:23-42

Then the soldiers, when they had crucified Jesus, took His outer garments and made four parts, a part to every soldier and {also} the tunic; now the tunic was seamless, woven in one piece.
So they said to one another, “Let us not tear it, but cast lots for it, {to decide} whose it shall be”; {this was} to fulfill the Scripture: “They divided My outer garments among them, and for My clothing they cast lots.”
Therefore the soldiers did these things. But standing by the cross of Jesus were His mother, and His mother’s sister, Mary the {wife} of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene.
When Jesus then saw His mother, and the disciple whom He loved standing nearby, He said to His mother, “Woman, behold, your son!”
Then He said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother!” From that hour the disciple took her into his own {household.}
After this, Jesus, knowing that all things had already been accomplished, to fulfill the Scripture, said, “I am thirsty.”
A jar full of sour wine was standing there; so they put a sponge full of the sour wine upon {a branch of} hyssop and brought it up to His mouth.
Therefore when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And He bowed His head and gave up His spirit.
Then the Jews, because it was the day of preparation, so that the bodies would not remain on the cross on the Sabbath (for that Sabbath was a high day), asked Pilate that their legs might be broken, and {that} they might be taken away.
So the soldiers came, and broke the legs of the first man and of the other who was crucified with Him;
but coming to Jesus, when they saw that He was already dead, they did not break His legs.
But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and immediately blood and water came out.
And he who has seen has testified, and his testimony is true; and he knows that he is telling the truth, so that you also may believe.
For these things came to pass to fulfill the Scripture, “Not a bone of Him shall be broken.”
And again another Scripture says, “They shall look on Him whom they pierced.”
After these things Joseph of Arimathea, being a disciple of Jesus, but a secret {one} for fear of the Jews, asked Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus; and Pilate granted permission. So he came and took away His body.
Nicodemus, who had first come to Him by night, also came, bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about a hundred pounds {weight.}
So they took the body of Jesus and bound it in linen wrappings with the spices, as is the burial custom of the Jews.
Now in the place where He was crucified there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb in which no one had yet been laid.
Therefore because of the Jewish day of preparation, since the tomb was nearby, they laid Jesus there.

PSALM 119:129-152

Your testimonies are wonderful; Therefore my soul observes them.
The unfolding of Your words gives light; It gives understanding to the simple.
I opened my mouth wide and panted, For I longed for Your commandments.
Turn to me and be gracious to me, After Your manner with those who love Your name.
Establish my footsteps in Your word, And do not let any iniquity have dominion over me.
Redeem me from the oppression of man, That I may keep Your precepts.
Make Your face shine upon Your servant, And teach me Your statutes.
My eyes shed streams of water, Because they do not keep Your law.
Righteous are You, O Lord, And upright are Your judgments.
You have commanded Your testimonies in righteousness And exceeding faithfulness.
My zeal has consumed me, Because my adversaries have forgotten Your words.
Your word is very pure, Therefore Your servant loves it.
I am small and despised, {Yet} I do not forget Your precepts.
Your righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, And Your law is truth.
Trouble and anguish have come upon me, {Yet} Your commandments are my delight.
Your testimonies are righteous forever; Give me understanding that I may live.
I cried with all my heart; answer me, O Lord! I will observe Your statutes.
I cried to You; save me And I shall keep Your testimonies.
I rise before dawn and cry for help; I wait for Your words.
My eyes anticipate the night watches, That I may meditate on Your word.
Hear my voice according to Your lovingkindness; Revive me, O Lord, according to Your ordinances.
Those who follow after wickedness draw near; They are far from Your law.
You are near, O Lord, And all Your commandments are truth.
Of old I have known from Your testimonies That You have founded them forever.

PROVERBS 16:12-13

It is an abomination for kings to commit wicked acts, For a throne is established on righteousness.
Righteous lips are the delight of kings, And he who speaks right is loved.