Midweek Wake-Up, May 8th, 2019
Certain times reading Scripture, I am reminded of the intensity of the spiritual battle that you and I live in, on a daily basis. In Mark 7, as we saw on Sunday, we see one of the rare times of agreement between Jesus and the religious leaders of his day. In this case, they both acknowledge something rather significant, that being, that we are unable to come into the presence of a holy God. The reason being is that we’re defiled and unclean.
Their differences, however, caused the issue. The structures and commands the religious leaders put into place, were designed to make them clean before God. Somehow, deep within each one of us, lurks this thought that not all is as it should be. Amidst a culture that tells us, we’re good, and sin is a thing of the past, you cannot fool the human heart and conscience, which somehow knows it has a problem. And it’s to this that Jesus turns.
This is the cleansing we need says Jesus, because it’s the heart that is defiled. A heart that’s been stained by the garments of sexual immorality, envy, slander, pride, murder, adultery, etc, a list that does not exclude any one of us. Which makes the vision that Zechariah has in chapter 3, so incredibly beautiful. While Joshua the high priest, could only think of going into the holy of holies, spotless and undefiled, he’s shown for who he is – a man dressed in filthy garments, like you and I. And Jesus taking off those garments, giving him new spotless ones. And that’s the battle you and I find ourselves living in on a daily basis. On one hand knowing not all is as it should be, and often seeking desperately to prove we’re not that bad. And on the other hand, resting in the incredible truth of the gospel, delighting in the new garments that Christ has put on us. And where we land on this, will be the gauge of how much we delight in the gospel and the Son!
This morning NSC, I encourage you to read Zechariah 3 once again, being fully aware of the defilement of your hearts. And then delight in verse 4 that says “remove the filthy garments from him. And to him he said, behold, I have taken your iniquity away from you, and I will clothe you with pure vestments”.