A scribe then approached and said, “Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.” And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.” Matthew 8:19-20

As we humbly approach the tenth station, we enter the final third of our journey to the cross. Along the way Jesus has experienced a string of indignities and humiliations, as well as moments of grace and mercy. We hold in tandem Jesus being condemned and falling, as well as the kindly woman who wiped his brow or Simon who carried his cross.

But there is no grace or mercy in the scene before us. Jesus has the garments taken off his back, divided amongst the centurions to fulfill the ancient prophecy, “They divide my garments among them, and for my clothing they cast lots.” (Psalm 22:18)

And with the clothes goes all Jesus’ earthly possessions. So it seems if we take Jesus’ words to his disciples in Matthew 10:10 at face value. “Take no gold, or silver, or copper in your belts, no bag for your journey, or two tunics, or sandals, or a staff.” One tunic. That is enough for the laborers in the kingdom’s vineyard.

No gold, no staff, and no place for the Son of Man to lay his head, a luxury even the foxes and birds can claim. And at this late hour before his crucifixion, Jesus no longer has his tunic either.

And yet, isn’t this who Jesus is? Jesus is the savior who does not hold onto this life tooth and nail, as if his lonesome possessions hold any weight in the final act of this Friday we call good. If Jesus would give up his life for the life of the world, what is one tunic?

Peace in Christ,

Pr. Dan Joyner Miller