We dress up for weddings. We don’t want to be embarrassed. We don’t want to embarrass the bride and groom either. God has scheduled the biggest possible wedding at the end of the age. Jesus Christ is the groom. The church is His bride.
We must have proper apparel for this important event. We don’t want any questions. “Friend, how did you come in here without wedding clothes?” (Matthew 22:12). We must enter this wedding dressed in holiness and righteousness. “Worship the Lord in holy attire” (Psalm 96:9).
How do we obtain holiness and righteousness? “As through the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, even so through the obedience of the One the many will be made righteous” (Romans 5:19). Believe it or not, we inherited Adam’s dirty clothes. Our own dirty laundry makes the situation worse.
Where Adam failed, Christ succeeded. He was “holy, innocent, undefiled” (Hebrews 7:26). He, therefore, became a perfect sacrifice. “Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, so that He might bring us to God” (1 Peter 3:18).
Christ’s sacrifice scrubs us up. Christ’s life of perfect holiness is our new suit. John 3:16 puts it together. “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.”
To help you prepare for the wedding feast of Christ, listen to the message, “Dead in Adam, Alive in Christ.”