Most women and a few men really enjoy shopping for new and stylish clothes. Sometimes this is because the old has worn out or perhaps just gone out of style. It is almost universal to want to appear as attractive as possible and garments are a big part of this. When old garments start to wear out we can sometimes salvage them for a while longer. However, a good seamstress is careful not to sew an unshrunken piece of cloth to an old garment to avoid ruining them both (Mt 9:16). A garment which does wear out is frequently compared to how the heavens and the earth will one day wear out
and perish (Ps 102:26) (Isa 51:6) (Heb 1:10-12).

We don’t know much about the garments that Jesus wore except the mention of his seamless garment for which the 4 Roman soldiers cast lots rather than tear it apart (Jn 19:23-24). However, we are told that his resurrection robe will be dipped in blood (Rev 19:13) and he reigns and is clothed with majesty and strength (Ps 93:1).

In fact, the Lord chooses to clothe his people in the garments of: salvation and robes of righteousness (Isa 61:10), and gladness (Ps 30:11). We are told to clothe ourselves with: splendor (Ps 45:3), strength (Isa 52:1), compassion (Col 3:12), and humility (1 Pe 5:5).

Not all garments are bright and beautiful. Joshua, the priest, was given rich garments to replace his “filthy clothes” (Zec 3:4). In order to show repentance, sorrow, grief and contrition, some wore sackcloth. This was a coarse cloth of various fiber, often goat hair. David said that after his repentance God, “removed my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness. Jude says that we are to hate even the clothing stained with sin (Jude 23).

Revelation (7:9) says that there will be a great multitude standing before the throne of God and in front of the Lamb wearing WHITE ROBES and praising God. We can be among that group if we first clothe ourselves with Christ (Gal 3:26-27) (Rom 13:14).

—Jim Bailey