“Awake, awake! Put on your beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, the holy city” (Isaiah 52:1).
Why should one awake? Bible says: “Awake! Put on your beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, the holy city.” There are ordinary garments and there are beautiful garments also. When we are at home, we wear simple clothes and during the marriage, we wear some special clothes. Wealthy persons will have numerous designer wears as a status symbol.
In Israel, people who attend Royal marriages will come wearing rich garments. If they are poor and if they are unable to afford for rich garments, the King himself will provide royal dresses to them. Otherwise, the king will ask “Friend, how did you come in here without a wedding garment?” (Mathew 22:12).
Among the beautiful garments, one which comes first is the garment of Salvation. “For He has clothed me with the garments of salvation, he has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself with ornaments and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels” (Isaiah 61:10).
God expects you to wear the garments of Salvation which He gives you free of cost. For that, the remission of sin is essential (Luke 1:77). What should we do for the remission of sins? He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (I John 1:9). Solomon the wise says “He who covers his sins will not prosper, but whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy” (Proverbs 28:13).
Just because God gave Salvation free of cost, it cannot be viewed cheaply. It has been earned by the priceless blood of Christ. For the purpose of giving it to you, the Son of God came from the heaven to the earth, suffered, shouldered the Cross, shed the blood and earned the Salvation for you. “…..knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, ……but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot” (I Peter 1:18, 19).
The next beautiful garment is called robe of righteousness (Isaiah 61:10). When you fulfil the righteousness, God graciously gives you the robe of righteousness. When Jesus Christ came to John the Baptist for receiving the Baptism He said: “….thus it is fitting for us to fulfil all righteousness.” (Mathew 3:15).
Then, all our dirty, self-righteous torn garments are changed and we wear Christ as the garment of Salvation. We do not lose anything by receiving Baptism. But, according to Mark 16:16, you will be judged if you fail to wear this beautiful garment. You need a place in the heaven. Is it not? Receive the Baptism!
To meditate: “For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ” (Galatians 3:27).