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Look at the above picture, what do you see?
Did you come to Jesus as bankrupt as this man did? Oh, he wasn’t penniless, the man depicted here was a spiritual leader in Israel – the high priest Joshua in the days of the prophet Zechariah; he wasn’t penniless he was spiritually bankrupt and the rags he wore represented the loathsomeness of the sins of Israel – he was praying for their sins and his own.
But I want you to look again.
What you don’t see is Satan, the accuser of the brethren standing beside this man ready to oppose him; ready to protest any grace which may be afforded on behalf of the man and mercilessly accuse him before the Lord – but he’s there.
In the passage (Zech 3:1-5), The Angel of the Lord stood before this man and rebuked Satan pronouncing over the man the grace of God which Satan hates. But in the picture you see another figure – Jesus; every reference to The Angel of the Lord in the OT is a reference to Him; and Jesus is pictured as covering the man’s filthy rags with what appears to be a scarlet robe in [v.4] of that passage we read “See, I have removed your iniquity from you and I will clothe you with rich robes.” The Lord covered the man in the garments of salvation and the robe of His righteousness (Isa. 61:10).
What else do you see?
I see me; do you see yourself? This picture is a powerful illustration of our lives the day we met Jesus. Can you hear the man saying through his tears, “Me, Lord? Who am I that you should do this for me?” Do you see the humility of the man and the profound gaze of Him who is not afraid to make sinners His friends? His gaze is not to say, “This robe is expensive, it cost Me my life – don’t mess it up;” but to say, “I am giving this to you because you need it and because I love you.”
His grace is costly; His righteousness is priceless but the Lord will so clothe you if you will turn to Him in faith, today.
Click to listen to last Sunday's message titled "Striving for Christ-Likeness."