He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. 2 Corinthians 5:21
About this time each year, my mom would take my sister and me shopping to buy new dresses and shoes to wear on Easter Sunday. I loved looking at dresses in pretty spring colors and fun, new sandals.
Easter was a big celebration at our little mountain church. Everyone looked their very best on that morning. Some of the older women would wear hats and gloves, and I thought that was so “big city-like.” The little girls were dressed in their frilly petticoats, young girls in their sun dresses and heels, and boys in coats and ties (who couldn’t wait to take them off!) The church was filled with spring flowers and a cross that stood center stage with a purple sash draped over it.
Many years later, I still find myself wanting to buy something new for Easter Sunday. The anticipation of celebrating the resurrection of our Lord and King is exciting, but the new outfit I’ll wear will only feel good for the moment, and eventually those feelings and that dress will fade.
No matter how I try to cover it up or dress it up, I’m a sinner. Paul tells us, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” Romans 3:23. I’m a sinner who God sent His Son for, (John 3:16). I’m a sinner who Jesus died for. “He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf,” 2 Corinthians 5:21. I’m a sinner who once wore filthy rags.
The cross is a reminder that the blood of Jesus washed me clean, and through Him, I am clothed in righteousness. Without His sacrifice and His blood redeeming me, I am just covering up filthy rags (Romans 3:24).
Jesus bore my sin on that cross; He took my place. He has replaced my ugliness with His righteousness. I am humbled by how much God so loved me, and would grant me such mercy and grace.
It really doesn’t matter what I wear this Easter because as a daughter of the King, I’m already dressed as royalty.
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As we prepare our hearts for Easter, have you submitted your life to Christ and allowed Him to wash you clean?
Dear Father, it is through Your amazing grace that I am saved and made new. May I walk in righteousness, through Your Son Jesus, all the days planned for me. Amen
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