Written by Jan Jalowiec
As a Christian, I find my journey through the book of Revelation is an encouragement. There is much about what I need to do and learn, and a lot is said about how I should be clothed!
Three of my five children got married in the same year- within 5 months of each other! It was a delightful, busy, memorable time filled with a whole lot of shopping and talk about what people would be wearing! Bridal dresses and maids’ dresses, guys in tuxes- or khakis and suspenders? I needed three totally different Mother of the Bride/Groom dresses. It was a whirlwind!
The imagery of a wedding is woven throughout the book of Revelation, and there are a surprising number of verses about what people will be wearing.
Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame. Revelation 16:15
While this is speaking of tribulation saints, the application can be universal. I need to be watching for Jesus! The phrase “keeping my garments” can be understood as personal holiness and integrity. Heeding this warning will keep me clothed and unashamed.
The next chapters reveal the majestic arrival of the King of kings and Lord of lords, and how we who come with him are called chosen and faithful. It says we are granted (defined as “to permit as a right, privilege, or favor”) to be clothed in fine white linen! Pure because of the atoning blood of Jesus!
We are also told how Jesus as returning King, Faithful and True, will be clothed.
And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood. (19:13)
And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS (19:16)
Clothing is a big deal! God Himself is the initiator of “logo wear”! That’s a thought!
What will you be wearing? Right now we in Christ are wearing His righteousness, clothed as a betrothed bride-to-be!
I think back to that “year of the weddings” and the emphasis, conversations, time, and money focused on each couple’s wedding. When the girls got their dresses, they handled them with the utmost care, and diligently protected them. Oh the lessons to be applied today and every day while waiting for our groom!
Today, may we see the weight of eternity. May we keep ourselves, clothed in our wedding garments, unspotted and clean from sin!
So I ask- do you have a garment? And if so, what does it look like?
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