We eat our share of forbidden fruit. We say what we shouldn’t say. Go where we shouldn’t go. Pluck fruit from trees we shouldn’t touch. And when we do, the door opens, and the shame tumbles in. And we hide.
So what does God do? Exactly what He did for our parents in the garden. He sheds innocent blood. He offers the life of His Son. And from the scene of the sacrifice the Father takes a robe — the robe of righteousness. And does He throw it in our direction and tell us to shape up? No, He dresses us Himself. He dresses us with Himself.
Christ covers each of us with His robe of righteousness and sacrificial blood. Whatever sins we've committed in the past, stay there. Whatever regrets we have or mistakes we have made do not define us forever. This is what it means to be a Christian. We are accepted by God when we admit our sins and seek Christ as our Saviour. His robe of righteousness covers our past and completely shields us from God's wrath so that when God looks at me, He sees not what I used to be, but He sees Jesus.
Perhaps you are worried about a past mistake. Maybe you still feel shame over some personal sin. Or guilt and anxiety may still be wounding your soul. Christ can cancel those wounds and wrongs. He can make all things new and let you begin again. All you have to do is sincerely ask Him for forgiveness.
1. Can you think of a time when you brought sin and God brought a robe of righteousness?
2. What did that robe do to your sin?
Challenge: Be thankful to the Lord this week, do not argue with His mercy and kindness. Simply praise Him for making us as beautiful as a majestically pure white snowfall washed in His love. And do your best to live uprightly for Him!
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