The Lord has established His strength. His loving-kindness tarries over all, to save the sinner from himself, and to establish him with an everlasting name.
Jesus came not to judge, but to justify. He wears not the cloak of condemnation. He dons the red-striped fabric of His own flesh, woven from the wool of humility, servitude and sacrifice. Dyed in the hues of his own heart, He bore the heavy cassock of the crushed.
He Himself became the broken bread and the poured-out wine
He Himself became the broken bread and the poured-out wine. The black blood gushing from the shredded wreck of His wounds ferments to form the new wine of our present promise; and we must be born-again with baby-fresh skin to receive it.
After three days wrapped in the shadow of Sheol, once and for all He shed the shallow skin of the curse. After forty days embossed by the brand-marks of His burial, the Father received back the Son He sent and bathed Him in the oil of surpassing gladness. His garments are filled with the fragrance of the Father’s anointing. For nearly two-thousand years, that fragrance has been filling up the earth.
Even now, after all this time, the justice of Jesus does not sleep. The blood of his broken body still speaks. He has not been idle since His ascension. He perpetuates the power of the finished work of the cross in believers bold enough to pick up their own rugged baton. For He was not simply nailed to the cross to die; the cross was nailed to Him to unleash the never-ebbing tide of eternal life upon the earth of Adam’s kind.
He perpetuates the power of the finished work of the cross in believers bold enough to pick up their own rugged baton.
Christ wears the cross like He wears His own skin. It is embedded into the patchwork pattern of His perfection. We who would wear the garments of Christ must first put on the under-cloak of the cross, without which we would never look like Him. We who seek to save our lives will lose them, but those of us who lose our lives for His sake will find them covered and clothed in the spotless woolly linen of the Lamb.
Psalm 45:7-8 – You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness;
Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You
With the oil of joy above Your fellows.
All Your garments are fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia;
Out of ivory palaces stringed instruments have made You glad.
Romans 13:4 – Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the flesh.
Matthew 9:16-17 – But no one puts a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment; for the patch pulls away from the garment, and a worse tear results. Nor do people put new wine into old wineskins; otherwise the wineskins burst, and the wine pours out and the wineskins are ruined; but they put new wine into fresh wineskins, and both are preserved.”