Scripture for Today: Isaiah 61:10 “I delight greatly in the Lord; my soul rejoices in my God. For He has clothed me with garments of salvation, and arrayed me in a robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest, and a bride adorns herself with her jewels.”
This radiant bride reminded me of my own wedding day. There were a few surprises marrying into a Chinese family. An unexpected gift of jade was given me by my new Chinese Grandmother-in-law just after the ceremony. She saw that I wore it right away with my wedding dress. Jade is traditionally thought to ward off evil spirits and keep the couple safe on the wedding day. This stone is historically thought to be royal, representing virtue, purity and righteousness.
Our verse for today brings all kinds of images to mind. As believers we are clothed in the Lord’s righteousness. The material is pure dazzling white because of the forgiveness we receive by faith. As the Church, we are the Bride of Christ. We are purified and presented to Him without spot or wrinkle. We are glorious, set apart in a love relationship with Him (Eph. 5:27). As if that were not enough, we are adorned with jewelry on that beautiful day that begins our eternity with Him!
My own efforts at righteousness are regarded as filthy rags (Is. 64:6). They are as ineffectual as jade in truly making me virtuous or pure. But the jewels I wear on that day will, like righteousness, be a gift of grace from His hand. Jade will not make me royal either, but being a child of the King does!
What a day that will be! Today I can “delight greatly” in just the thought of what is to come! His salvation and righteousness make me beautiful!