Today’s Reading: Ephesians 4:22-28
Daily Lectionary: Deuteronomy 31:1-29; Matthew 19:16-30

…to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness. (Ephesians 4:22-24)

In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. Holy Scripture begins and ends with clothing. After the fall into sin, God clothes and covers Adam and Eve’s nakedness, guilt, and shame with animal skins. God clothes them in the first sacrifice. In Revelation God reveals to St. John the saints in heaven who are clothed in white robes made white in the blood of the Lamb.

Everything that happens between Genesis and Revelation is the story of God’s clothing His people. God’s covering His people’s sin. God’s ending the veil of death that hangs over our heads. God’s wrapping us in His promises in Jesus who robed Himself in our humanity to clothe us in His death and resurrection.

Though all our righteousness is like filthy rags, and our sin like scarlet, in Jesus we are washed whiter than snow. Though we are as guilty and ashamed as Adam and Eve, God covers us with the sacrifice of His own Son, who hung on the cross to bear our nakedness, guilt, and shame. Though our enemies of the devil, world, and sinful flesh daily hurl flaming missiles of temptation our way, we’re clothed with liquid armor in Holy Baptism.

This is what God does for us in Holy Baptism. Like Joseph and the prodigal son, our Heavenly Father robes us in something far greater than any invisibility cloak or Kevlar vest. God clothes you in Jesus’ death and resurrection. “Jesus thy blood and righteousness; thy beauty are my glorious dress!” In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. -Rev. Samuel Schuldheisz

In Baptism we now put on Christ – Our shame is fully covered With all that He once sacrificed And freely for us suffered. For here the flood of His own blood Now makes us holy, right, and good Before our heav’nly Father. (All Christians Who Have Been Baptized, LSB 596:4)

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