The Robe

April 26, 2015

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After they had nailed him to the cross, the soldiers gambled for his clothes by throwing dice.

~Matthew 27:35, NLT


The cross is the center of the world’s history.

~Alexander MacLaren

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The Robe is a 1942 novel about the crucifixion of Jesus written by Lloyd C. Douglas. Douglas, like his father before him, was a Lutheran Pastor. He retired from the pastoral ministry at the youthful age of 52 and began a career in writing and what a career it became. The Robe make the New York Times Best Seller list in October of 42 and in four short weeks, rose to the number one best seller and held the position for nearly a year. The Robe remained on the list for another two years, returning several other times over the next several years including 1953 when the novel was made into a movie.

Hazel McCann, a department store clerk from Ohio, wrote to Douglas asking what he thought had happened to Christ’s garments after the crucifixion. Douglas immediately began working on a novel based on this question. The Romans soldier in Douglas’ novel who won Jesus outer garment [Robe] was Marcellus Gallio. He was the commander of a Roman Garrison in Minoa, a port city in Southern Palestine. He was in Jerusalem for the same reason as Pilot whose head quarters was in Caesarea on the coast. Pilot beefed up security due to the influx of Jews coming to observe Passover and he went to Jerusalem himself to insure peace and order.

Long story short, Marcellus was put in charge of the crucifixion. Like Pilot, he did not believe Jesus was guilty of any crime. He has misgivings about the entire ordeal and was very moved by the death of Jesus. Someone dared him to wear the Robe and he put it on but it so disturbed his mind that he had a mental breakdown. At the advice of his Greek slave, he begins to treat the Robe with the utmost respect and his mind is healed. He goes back to Jerusalem to talk to the Christians, there he is converted to Christianity and later in Rome dies a martyr’s death. Before his death, he gives the Robe to Peter who was also in Rome at the time.

I have a couple of observations: [1] Things have really changed since 1942 when the Robe became number one as a novel and 1953 when The Robe won several academy awards. I was talking to some of our young people this week [mid-40’s]: they cannot go back to the 1950’s but I can. We never heard the words gay, feminism or abortion mentioned on TV or Radio. All these social evils came out of the closet in the late 60’s and early 70’s. [2] The ROBE was a novel based on a historical event [greatest is history] but the characters were fictional and no one knows what happened to Jesus’ robe. This does not change the fact that JESUS death on the cross changed lives then and now. The Roman officer and the other soldiers at the crucifixion were terrified by the earthquake and all that had happened during the execution. They said, “This man truly was the Son of God!” [Matthew 27:54]

The death of Christ is the most life transforming event in history because Jesus died because of sin [ours, the Jews, Romans, everyone], He died for sin [as an offering, a propitiation] and to sin [liberating truth that sets us free]. It freed Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus: hither to, they were afraid of their Jewish brethren but the death of Christ broke the grasp which fear had on them and set them free.


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  • Sorry about the length of the blog: takes a lot of time to condense my thoughts and I was running out of time.
  • Front Pew Bridal Shower for Ginny Shaneyfelt: for those who do not know, it is Zed’s sister.
  • Schedule: LCBS at 9:15, worship at 10:15 and 6:00.
  • Today and next Sunday: ROSES FOR MAMA.
  • GOLDEN GIRLS meet next Saturday at CB in Hartselle, 9:30 am.
  • Blood drive today in FORTE. [For Kane Hogan]
  • Keri got a better appointment at Vanderbilt, May 7th. {PTL}
  • This Wednesday night is the last family night supper before Summer break.

Revival Strip

Keri and Kane


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