I’ve been given a royal gift, a covering of love reminding me I belong to a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession.
The price for this gift was free to me but costly to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Jesus came down, God in the flesh, humbled Himself and lived a perfect life in communion with God the Father. He saw my filthy garments full of holes I tried to patch; stained with sin I could not wash.
I could not stand in the presence of a Holy God in these garments and live. These filthy garments created a separation as I tried to hide from my Creator because of my shame.
An enemy, the accuser kept me entangled in lies and shame telling me things I dare not repeat.
But then love came down in obedience to the will of God and Jesus Christ stripped Himself of His Holy righteous robe and offered to exchange it with my holey stained garment covering all my sin.
He told me the punishment of sin and death is no more, and the wrath of God has been satisfied. He reaches for my heart and tells me I have been adopted into His family and I may now call my Creator Abba.
I look up crying, full of gratitude and Living Hope.
He tells me there is now no condemnation or shame because I am now hiding in His righteous robe and my sin is no more.
He tells me I am a new creation and I have been given a new life, with a clean heart and a new spirit, a Holy One. He is my helper, a pledge of promise of His return.
He tells me my faith has healed me.
He tells me to go, and sin no more; to walk by faith not by sight remembering I wear His righteous robe and when temptation and trials come to touch His robe I wear and my faith will remind me I have been healed.
This robe I wear is better than the multicolored coat Jacob gave his son Joseph, or the one Samuel’s mother made him each year.
This robe I wear is royalty; it was worn by the High Priest my Savior Jesus Christ who sits at the right hand of my Abba praying for me right now.
This robe I wear will never come off and I wear it with gratitude serving Him in His field, remaining awake waiting for the trumpet sound when I will see the King of glory and be with Him forevermore.
I am thankful I am dressed for the occasion and mourn and pray in the Spirit for those that are not.
*I wrote ‘This Robe I Wear’ November 2012
“I will rejoice greatly in the LORD,
My soul will exult in my God;
For He has clothed me with garments of salvation,
He has wrapped me with a robe of righteousness,
As a bridegroom decks himself with a garland,
And as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
For as the earth brings forth its sprouts,
And as a garden causes the things sown in it to spring up,
So the Lord GOD will cause righteousness and praise
To spring up before all the nations.”