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Topic: Clothes (11/02/12)
TITLE: Rags to Royal Robes
By Dawn Winston
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Jesus came into this world as tiny and naked as all of us. He was clothed in innocence, wrapped in cloths, rags, in the chilly manger.
At his baptism by John the Baptist, Jesus became clothed in God’s spirit. Clothed in God, Jesus could fulfill his ministry of miracles, salvation, teaching and healing. He could heal the bleeding woman by the mere touch of the bottom of his common, dusty robe.
Transfigured on the mountain, Jesus was again revealed as with his baptism and clothes became “as white as the light,” dazzling white, “white as snow,” “whiter than anyone on the world could bleach them, like lightening.” His true nature, shown only to Peter, James and John, could not understand, nor bear the brightness. True Jesus’ glory revealed is too much for us.
After Jesus’ trial Matthew 27:31 says “After they had mocked him, they took off the robe and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him away to crucify him.”It was a purple robe according to Mark, purple to mock and foreshadow his divinity.
John 19:23,24 “When the soldiers crucified Jesus, they took his clothes, dividing them into four shares, one for each of them, with the undergarment remaining. This garment was seamless, woven in one piece from top to bottom. “Let’s not tear it, they said to one another. “Let’s decide by lot who will get it.” This happened that the scripture might be fulfilled that said, ’They divided my clothes among them and cast lots for my garment.’ So this is what the soldiers did.”
Whipped then crucified Jesus was again in rags, in underwear, shredded skin and agony. Dead in the tomb Jesus was clothed in linen funeral wraps, spices, and perfume.
Finally, Jesus will appear to us all, outfitted in his royal robes, in splendor we can’t imagine.
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