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Trying to Find the Right Clothes for the Feast

Trying to Find the Right Clothes

Thursday, February 21, 2013

7:06 AM

Revelation 19:12-13 - "His eyes are like a flame of fire, and on His head are many diadems, and He has a name written that no one knows but Himself, He is clothed in a robe dipped in blood, and the name by which He is called is The Word of God."


Have you ever tried to find the right clothes? We all have haven't we? When we are going to a special event we look and we look and we look because we want to make sure what we are wearing is exactly right.  Maybe it was to a school event when we were younger, or on our first date with our spouse, or to our wedding, or to a job interview, or whatever we want to make sure that we wear exactly the right thing.

Jesus however didn't spend a lot of time trying to decide what to wear did He? In fact He didn't have a whole lot of choice because we are told that He didn't even have a place to lay His head.  Trying to find the right thing to wear wasn't very high on His priority list.

When He was led away to be crucified, He was given a borrowed robe, so that soldiers might mock Him and make fun of Him and call Him a King (the irony was that He really was the King of Kings and Lord of Lords).  Then they stripped Him down, hung Him on the cross, and in order to further humiliate Him they gambled for His clothes.

While He was on the earth what He wore wasn't very high on His priority list.  Jump forward though to Revelation 19, even though we aren't given His name here we know exactly who John is writing about, He is writing about Jesus, the Living Word of God.  He is returning here, but not just as the Lamb of God, but rather also as a roaring Lion.  You can see that He is coming for battle, His eyes are a flame of fire, on His head are many diadems, and then there are His clothes, He is wearing a robe, but not just any robe, He is wearing a robe that is dipped in blood. 

Presumably it is a robe that is stained with His blood, the blood that He shed on the cross to purchase victory for the people of God.  The blood that He shed when He won the ultimate battle over sin, over death, over hell, and over Satan.  His shed His blood, but not in defeat.  He shed His blood in victory.  And now He is returning, yes He is the Lamb of God that took away the sins of the world, but He is also the roaring, victorious Lion.  His clothes remind us of both.  He is the Living Word of God triumphant, so that we can individually be victorious, and so that collectively we can be the church of God triumphant. 

The church is mentioned in Revelation 19, we are His bride triumphant and victorious coming to the marriage supper of the Lamb (19:7).  Guess what else is mentioned? Clothes.  The church has clothed herself with fine linen bright and pure.  She is clothed in the righteousness of Christ, and through His blood made ready for the marriage supper of the Lamb.  He imputes (gives) His righteousness to us so that we can be made ready for the feast.  But it isn't just any feast, it is THE feast.  The marriage supper of the Lamb, the Redemption of history.  The feast is coming, Jesus is ready, clothed in a robe dipped in His blood.  The church is ready clothed in a robe of white, pure because of the blood of Jesus.

The feast is coming.  The question becomes do you have your clothes on?  You don't need to waste time picking them out, Jesus has already given you the clothes, the robe if you will.  All you need to do is put it on by repenting of your sins and putting your faith in Him.  Are you clothed in the righteousness of Christ? Are you ready for the feast?