Saturday, March 24, 2018

Dressed in Easter Best by Sandra Fischer

But when the king came in to look at the guests, he saw there a man who had no wedding garment. Matthew 22:11 ESV

Where I grew up, everyone donned their Sunday best attire for Easter. Men sported new suits. Women boasted the latest spring fashions, crowned with hats adorned in flowers and ribbons. Young girls wore white bonnets, lacy socks and patent leather shoes. 

I recalled this when reading the parable of the wedding feast given by the king (God) for his son (Jesus) in Matthew 22. The guests needed to be clothed in proper wedding garments, or they were unacceptable. When one of them appeared improperly dressed, he was thrown out by the king. 

True Easter apparel is not found in fashionable suits, dresses and bonnets. Real Easter attire was provided on a cross draped with Jesus, whose death and resurrection offered the means for all to come to the future wedding feast in heaven. The parable in Matthew is a warning to those not clothed for that future event in the proper attire—the righteousness of Christ.
What have you chosen to wear for Easter? Will you be dressed properly, able to sing the words of the hymn, “And Can It Be?”

No condemnation now I dread;
Jesus, and all in Him, is mine!
Alive in Him, my living Head,
And clothed in righteousness Divine,
Bold I approach the eternal throne,
And claim the crown, through Christ my own.
Bold I approach the eternal throne,
And claim the crown, through Christ my own.

“Lord, I thank you for providing the best of Easter clothing—Christ’s righteousness. I pray for all to accept your gift of grace through faith in him.” 


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