In the concluding part of our "discovery" series on startling truths about our Saviour's Priesthood, today let's focus on His glorified attire ...
Now our Saviour is a Glorified High Priest that at His matchless Royal Name, every knee would bow and every tongue in the universe confess that He is the Lord (Philippians 2:10-11). No wonder, when He appeared in all His glory to His beloved disciple John in the Island of Patmos, that the latter simply couldn't take it in and hence simply gave up the ghost (figuratively speaking that is- Rev 1:17).
Ever wondered why High Priests and Kings (they too were intercessors-David and Solomon prayed on behalf of the people- 2 Sam 24:17/25/I Kings 8:22/54) would wear predominantly PURPLE clothing (Exodus 39:29), doubtless the color of our Lord's Divine attire too, during His glorious appearance to the exiled Apostle? Consider the following two Scripture portions and the answer would emerge…firstly Numbers 15:37-40:
"Again the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, 'Speak to the children of Israel: Tell them to make tassels on the corners of their garments throughout their generations, and to put a blue thread in the tassels of the corners. And you shall have the tassel, that you may look upon it and remember all the commandments of the LORD and do them, and that you may not follow the harlotry to which your own heart and your own eyes are inclined, and that you may remember and do all My commandments, and be holy for your God.'"
The Blue hem in their attire would remind the Jews of the Almighty up and beyond the blue sky, as it were, whenever tempted to sin thus restraining them from lustful acts of flesh. So virtually blue symbolized the Divine presence. Now consider this Scripture-Isaiah 1:18- which reminds one of the color of man's sins…
"Come now, and let us
reason together," Says the LORD, " Though your sins are like scarlet,
They shall be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They
shall be as wool."
Time to reflect on an ethereal scene…on one side is the Almighty symbolized by blue and on the other is a sinful man symbolized by red color with the High-Priest (who carries the best interest of both the parties in his heart) standing in the middle bringing about the reconciliation between the two. Literally the High-Priest is God's representative before men and vice versa. You mix blue and red, and lo and behold, what do you get purple-the middle color, so to speak! Eureka…no… Hallelujah!!!
Dear Friends, what I shared with you taking a single, singular topic of Christ's priesthood with a mind of an "explorer of God's Word" for the glory of God alone is only a tip of an ice-berg, as it were. There are several priceless nuggets of truth, waiting to be explored in God's Word. It would serve the Christian community well, if it shows some Indy-like resolve in discovering the "treasures in the Word". Let Psalmist's prayer be ours always (no harm reciting it wholeheartedly, every single time, you open the Bible with an air of expectancy)- "Open my eyes, that I may see, wondrous things from Your law" (Psalm 119:18). Now no prizes for guessing what would be the response (to a seeker's prayer) from the ONE "who satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things" (Psalm 107:9). Hallelujah!
Prayer: We glorify Thee for what you are, the Revealer of secrets. In Jesus' Name. Amen