I’ve been following, at least with moderate interest, an unscientific survey of sport’s commentators as they speculate as to the most sought after movie props or sports memorabilia. Collectible because of their general popularity, these items could fetch six figures at auction. Among those listed is an autographed Arnold Palmer golf club putter, a Wayne Gretzky signed hockey stick and a Pete Sampras autographed tennis racket. One item, though, piqued my interest more than the others, but for a different reason.
One of the commentators mentioned a desire to own the sweat shirt worn by Jim Belushi in the popular movie ‘Animal House’ that had the word ‘College’ written across the front. The commentator never revealed what he’d be willing to pay for it, but simply said that he’d win the auction.
Later that day, I sat and thought about what I’d be most willing to own. I didn’t need to think long. Remembering the third chapter of Zechariah in the Old Testament, I decided that I’d most like to own a ‘robe of righteousness’ given me by my Savior, Jesus Christ the Lord. In that chapter, Joshua stood guilty before the Lord dressed in the filthy rags of self-effort, self-centeredness and sin. As he stood condemned, the Lord commanded the attending angel to ‘take off his filthy rags’ and put on new, clean, ‘pure vestments’.
That is what I’d like to own more than anything. The pure vestments of Christ’s righteousness. We are learning a new song in worship that repeats: ‘His robes for mine, oh wondrous exchange’. What a joyous possession…a precious gift from God.
At the cross of Calvary, Jesus wore my robe of punishment because of what I did wrong. By Grace through faith, He gives me His robe of righteousness to wear as a gift for what He did right.
A MARVELOUS EXCHANGE, INDEED!