Thursday, March 29, 2012

Naked We Run, But Clothed in the Righteousness of Christ We Follow

Mark 14:51-52 (ESV)
And a young man followed him, with nothing but a linen cloth about his body. And they seized him, [52] but he left the linen cloth and ran away naked.

One of the oddest verses in scripture. Some say this is Mark himself. Perhaps it was I don’t know. They seized him and he ran away naked. He had been following. He had been clothed with Christ as it were. When we follow him we have the robes of righteousness about us. But on these they will seize. Should we follow him, we will be led with him to crucifixion. That is the nature of this world. Should we run away we are left naked in our shame. Should they carry us to the cross, where they stripped Christ naked, and cast lots for his clothes. Well they will strip us of all our earthly possessions. They will strip us of our clothes. They will parade us naked before the world to shame us into disbelief. But then we will find these garments don’t cloth us in the face of the Father, but only the righteousness of Christ clothes us there.

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