The Best Robe
“But bring forth the best robe and put it on him.” – these are the Father’s first words when the prodigal son returns home hungry and with a repentant heart in the text from Luke 15.
Not any robe, not a good robe, not a better robe – the best robe.
A representation of Jesus’ righteousness.
In the book of Zechariah, chapter 3 we find what looks like a court-room situation.
Joshua the high priest is brought before the angel of the Lord, and satan is standing at his right side to accuse him.
The book of Revelation calls satan the accuser of the brethren who accuses them before God day and night, that is 24/7. (Revelation 12:10). That formidable foe would like to bring up all sorts of accusations against you and I that cause us to look at your shortcomings, our sin, our past, - he wants us to experience defeat through wrong identification.
In this text, we see him appear at Joshua’s right hand to do exactly that.
Remember Jesus says the thief cometh only but to steal, to kill and to destroy.
Let’s see what the Lord says to satan in Zechariah 3:2, “And the Lord said to Satan, “The Lord rebuke you, Satan! The Lord who has chosen Jerusalem rebuke you! Is this not a brand plucked from the fire?
Scripture here says, “now Joshua was clothed with filthy garments, and was standing before the Angel.”
What do these filthy garments represent?
Then He answered and spoke to those who stood before Him, saying, “Take away the filthy garments from him.” And to him He said, “See, I have removed your iniquity from you, and I will clothe you with rich robes.” Zechariah 3:4
His filthy garments which represent his iniquity are replaced with rich robes.
A divine exchange, in which we catch a glimpse of the substitutionary sacrifice that would take place at the coming of our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ in which he who knew no sin became sin so that we would be made the righteousness of God.
He took our filthy robe and gave us his robe of righteousness.
In Isaiah 61:10 we read, "I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels."
Believers in Christ Jesus have been clothed in a robe of his righteousness.
A divine exchange that gives access and boldness to sinful man to stand before a Holy God.
In Luke 15, when the prodigal son comes home, we see that the Father wastes no time in gifting his son with the best. A picture of the goodness of our heavenly Father and His grace that abounds to us when we lay our sinful ways down, the ways of rebellion and make the choice to go home to him.
The older son attempts to do the work of the accuser, he judges the younger son in anger or perhaps envy and jealousy and says, Isn’t this your son who has squandered your property with prostitutes? Isn’t this the drug addict, the drunkard, the murderer, the liar and so on and so forth..
But the father will not have it, just like Joshua the high priest, a man snatched out of the fire. The father’s response to the older son is simply, "we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and now is alive, he was lost and now is found. " (Luke 15)
Believers in Jesus Christ have the best robe. It’s the robe of his righteousness, we can do nothing to earn it or deserve it except to receive it. It’s a gift.
This is how the Father sees us, clothed in righteousness divine.
If you have not received Jesus as Lord of your life, the invite is simply - come home. Come home to a Father who loves you and wants to gift you with only the best. Scripture says there will be much rejoicing in heaven. Come home today.
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