Max Lucado is one of the most prolific and moving writers of our time. In his book, He Chose the Nails, Lucado tells how God came down from heaven and exchanged His coat for ours. He took off his coat of righteousness and put on our coat of sin and degradation. He offers us His coat and puts on ours. While dressed in our sin, he walked the Via Dolorosa all the way to Calvary. He accepted the shame, the suffering, the disgrace, pain, the agony, and finally death so that we could wear His coat and be dressed correctly for the banquet to which we are invited.
Then he said to me, “Write: ‘Blessed [are] those who are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb!’ ” And he said to me, “These are the true sayings of God.” Revelation 19:9
We won’t be allowed at the banquet without proper clothing.
But when the king came in to see the guests, he saw a man there who did not have on a wedding garment. So he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you come in here without a wedding garment?’ And he was speechless. Then the king said to the servants, ‘Bind him hand and foot, take him away, and cast [him] into outer darkness; there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ Matthew 22:11-13
If you don’t know Jesus; do not know who He is, the Aramaic translation of the Bible might be interesting for you to read. I like how it tells us plainly what Jesus said about Himself:
John 10: 7 But again Yeshua said to them, “Timeless truth I speak to you; I AM THE LIVING GOD, The Gate of the flock.” 8“And all who had come were thieves and robbers, but the flock did not hear them.” 9“I AM THE LIVING GOD, The Gate; if anyone will enter by me, he shall live and shall go in and out and shall find the pasture.” 10“But a thief does not come except to steal, kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life and have whatever is abundant.”
11“I AM THE LIVING GOD, The Good Shepherd. The Good Shepherd lays down his life for his flock.”
Previously, in Chapter 9, we have the story of Jesus healing the blind man and the Jewish leaders were angry because Christ had healed on the Sabbath. After this event, Jesus again reveals his deity by allowing the man to worship Him.
35 And Yeshua heard that they had cast him out, and he found him and said to him, “Do you believe in the Son of God?” 36He who had been healed answered and said, “Who is He, my lord, that I may trust in him?” 37Yeshua said to him, “You have seen him, and he is The One who is speaking with you.” 38But he said, “I believe, my Lord”, and falling down, he worshiped him. 39 And Yeshua said, “For the judgment of this world I have come, that those who do not see may see, and that those who see may become blind.” 40And those of the Pharisees who had been with him heard these things and they said to him, “Are we also blind?” 41Yeshua said to them, “If you were blind, you would not have sin, but now you say, ‘We see.’ Because of this, your sin stands.”
If you have not read, He Chose the Nails, I hope you will do so. Only God can forgive sin and put us in right standing with Him. Jesus Christ is the Son of God and a member of the Godhead. We owe Him our love, our allegiance, and our lives.
- Yeshua Speaks Sharp Words to the Proud Religious Law-Keepers (rocksolidministry.wordpress.com)
- The Last Time Yeshua Goes into Jerusalem (rocksolidministry.wordpress.com)
- Our Identity is in Yeshua ( Spring 2013 Messianic Conference in Ukraine ) (barryboucher.typepad.com)