Isaiah 61:10 “I delight greatly in the Lord; my soul rejoices in my God. For he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of his righteousness, as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
One of the best things about Homecoming week is dressing up…at least for the girls. Yet, I think if they are honest, even boys would admit it is pretty fun to wear something special. You can probably remember a time when you were younger and how you looked for a chance to wear something special. Little girls wear dresses and plastic high heals. Boys imagine that they are superheroes as they put on the costumes of Iron Man or Batman.
Over 30 years ago a salesman named Larry Weiss first invented Underoos. If you have never owned them, they are underwear and a top that are themed as superheroes or other popular characters. They started out with Wonder Woman, but now they have just about every popular character you can think of. In a sense, Larry Weiss gave kids that first opportunity to feel like superheroes…even if it was only in their underwear. Underoos were a big hit and still are today.
Even as we grow up, I don’t think we have outgrow this desire to feel special because of our clothing. High Schoolers still make special trips to the store to buy homecoming outfits. Brides spends weeks or even months trying to find the perfect dress. I am guessing that you have a favorite outfit that you like to wear that makes you feel just a little better.
As believers, there are plenty of times when we do or say things that don’t make us feel very good. This is the very opposite of feeling special, we feel guilty because of our sin not matter what outfit we are wearing. In Isaiah 61 verse 10, the prophet Isaiah, who lived about 700 years before Jesus, reminds us that in God’s eyes we are no longer covered by sin. Because of what Jesus has done on the cross, we are covered in “a robe of his righteousness.” This means that Jesus’ perfect life is the outfit that we wear instead of a jacket of guilt. This means we are forgiven. This is not some gimmick like Underoos, this is the real deal. In Christ you are forgiven, free to live for him and, well special.
Heavenly Father, we are so thankful that you have covered us up with your perfection. Help us now live as your forgiven children, wrapped in a robe of your perfection. In Jesus’ name, Amen.