Thursday, May 18, 2017

May 18, 2017 … Wearing His Robes

Berry Patch Devotions in 2017 - Day 138 

Devotional Song:  … GO TO THIS LINK …  Please take the time to take in a YouTube video of images and lyrics from anonymous praise group singing the old hymn… Nothing But the Blood of Jesus l … poignantly singing of reality of the cleansing of the blood of Jesus for any/all who receive His saving grace.

Highlight Verse[s]: Zechariah 3:3-4 [NLT} … 
3 Jeshua’s clothing was filthy as he stood there before the angel. 4 So the angel said to the others standing there, “Take off his filthy clothes.” And turning to Jeshua he said, “See, I have taken away your sins, and now I am giving you these fine new clothes.” 
… The glorious picture of God giving His royal priesthood (i.e,. repentant believers) new clothes to replace their tattered/dirty rags of sin.
Highlight Passage [context]: Zechariah, Chapter 3 [NLT] … USE THIS LINK
… Zechariah prophesies a picture of the reclothing repentant believers receive when they come to God and receive His robes of righteousness to cover our rags of sin.

Reference Passage #1 [NKJV] : … 1st John 1:9 [NLT] … 
9 But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness. 
… Any time, anywhere, anybody can be cleansed of our sin.

Reference Passage #2 [NKJV] : … Revelation 19:7-9 [NLT] … USE THIS LINK
… All who are invited to the wedding feast of the Lamb (i.e., born-again believers) will be clothed in His fine garments of righteousness.

My Devotional Journal: Today's ODB author, Amy Boucher Pye, created a personal word picture of what happens when we, sinners, come to Jesus and are reclothed in His Robes of Righteousness to cover our rags of sin. The ODB author wrote: When my kids were toddlers, they would play outside in our sodden English garden and quickly become covered in mud and dirt. For their good and the good of my floor, I’d remove their clothes at the door and wrap them in towels before sticking them in the bath. They’d soon move from dirty to clean with the addition of soap, water, and hugs.  

The ODB author paints a personal word picture of what it’s like when when sinners, dirty with our sins, come to the Lord, with repentant hearts, and acknowledge, in faith, His Lordship. And when we do, like the picture in the highlight passage above, we are covered by the Lord’s Robes of Righteousness (see photo), covering our rags of sin; and we become, as did the Priest in Zechariah 3:3-4, readied to come to the Wedding Feast of the Lamb (see Rev. 19:7-9).

Yes, as born-again in Christ, we now wear the Lord’s robes, covered by His vestments of righteousness, … cleansed by His blood, … and ready to attend that Wedding Feast when the Lamb of God comes to be with His bride forever. And the beauty is that anytime, anywhere, ANYBODY can wear His robes, if/when we come to Him in faith and confess our dirtiness [see 1John 1:9], receiving His robes to wear which hide our rags of sin. …

So, come with me and receive His robes here today [again, see photo].

My Prayer Today: Heavenly Father, … Lord, I pray that I’m cleansed and covered by Your robes so that others see You in me … not me in me! … Amen

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