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Topic: White (10/29/09)
TITLE: Majesty and Purity
By Lois Farrow
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What a contrast then with the King of Kings. In Revelation chapter one our Lord is described like this: “His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and his eyes were like blazing fire.” (NIV) As the whiteness of his purity and majestic holiness blazed from him it was no wonder John fell at his feet as though dead.
When we look at the wickedness in the world and our own sinfulness everything looks dark, and we can be tempted to discouragement and despair. But when we look to Jesus, as he asks us to do, we can see his viewpoint and we are filled with hope because we know the end of the story. Wickedness will be destroyed, Satan will be defeated, and God will reign over all the earth. The holy God offers to take away my black heart, and in exchange give me his own righteousness, in other words the whiteness and purity of His own character. God says “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.” Isaiah 1:18 NIV
I love the majestic perspective God constantly tries to give us. Psalm 104:1,2a (NIV) says “O Lord my God, you are very great; you are clothed with splendour and majesty. He wraps himself in light as with a garment.” Wow, wrapped in light, and I can take his hand and snuggle close and walk with him through this life in that same light.
In Revelation chapter seven those who come out of the great tribulation are described as a multitude from every nation, tribe, people and language. They stand before the throne holding palm branches in their hands, and have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. Their role is to cry out praises and worship to the Lamb of God who is sitting on the throne.
Thank God for the time that is coming when we will worship him in true purity and holiness. Praise God that this can begin even now as, clothed in Jesus’ righteousness, we can bring our praise to God through our words and actions every day.
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