Sermon Transcript – A Peek At The Wedding Dress

Series B – Transfiguration Sunday – Sunday, February 15, 2015 | Pr. Chris Rosebrough

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We proclaim Christ and Him crucified for our sins and salvation by grace through faith alone, and now, here’s a message from Pastor Chris Rosebrough:
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0:28the holy Gospel According to Saint Mark
0:30chapter 9 verses 2 through 10.
0:33after six days Jesus Took Peter James
0:36and John with him and led them up a high
0:38mountain where they were all alone
0:40they were there he was transfigured
0:43before them his clothes became dazzling
0:45white wider than anyone in the world
0:48could bleach them and there appeared
0:50before them Elijah and Moses were
0:53talking with Jesus
0:54Peter said to Jesus Rabbi it is good for
0:57us to be here let us put up three
0:59shelters one for you one for Moses and
1:01one for Elijah he did not know what to
1:03say they were so frightened then a cloud
1:06appeared and enveloped them and a voice
1:09came from the cloud this is my son whom
1:13I love listened to him
1:15suddenly when they looked around they no
1:18longer saw anyone with them except Jesus
1:20as they were coming down the mountain
1:22Jesus gave them orders not to tell
1:24anyone what they had seen until the son
1:26of man had risen from the dead they kept
1:29the matter to themselves discussing what
1:31rising from the dead meant
1:36in the name of Jesus
1:39after six days Jesus Took Peter and
1:42James and John with him and led them up
1:43a high mountain where they were all
1:45alone important things happened on
1:47mountains by the way there he was
1:50transfigured before them his clothes
1:52dazzling white wider than anyone in the
1:55world could bleach them this is our text
2:00little confession
2:01I’m one of those guys who sheds tears at
2:04weddings now I understand that this
2:06means that some of you will be seeing me
2:07after the service and ask me to hand in
2:10my man card I get it yeah I know saying
2:13this publicly is not an important it’s
2:15not something you’re supposed to do as a
2:16dude I get it
2:18but let me continue I can tell you
2:20exactly at what moment in the wedding
2:22ceremony that I struggle to hold back
2:24the tears and that is the moment when
2:27the Bride Comes to the doors of the
2:28church Sanctuary doesn’t matter how
2:31common or ordinary looking that woman is
2:33on any given day of the week on her
2:35wedding day she is transformed and she
2:37is radiant beautiful elegant you can
2:40even describe her as Royal
2:42the white flowing wedding gown the
2:45jewelry the Veil I hate to say it it
2:47gets me every time
2:49now the reason for this is actually easy
2:51to explain and the reason for is it is
2:53this every single wedding in a very real
2:57way is a dress rehearsal for the great
3:00wedding Feast of the Lamb that awesome
3:02and amazing day when Jesus will finally
3:05be United with his bride the church
3:07forever and they will live literally
3:10happily ever after
3:13uh all the stories all the children’s
3:15stories they’re true so in Our Gospel
3:17text this morning Mark describes Jesus’s
3:20Transfiguration by describing Jesus’s
3:23clothes as clothes
3:26and by the way close in scripture they
3:29have very important meanings in fact you
3:32can almost say there’s a theology in the
3:34Bible a Theology of clothing
3:37now think of it this way nowadays when a
3:40bride is planning her wedding day it is
3:42very common for her to spend a lot of
3:44time fussing over which dress she will
3:46wear they even have reality TV shows
3:49well depict this sometimes the person
3:53getting married is a little bit how
3:55should we say high strung right you know
3:58the word bridezilla comes to mind but
4:00anyway I digress so like I was saying a
4:06bride who is planning her wedding day
4:07very common for her to spend a lot of
4:09time fussing over which dress she will
4:11wear will she be wearing a yolan crisp
4:14by the way yes there are designer
4:15dresses right will she be wearing an
4:18Anna Campbell or a Jasmine coacher or
4:21will she be wearing a Vera Wang by the
4:23way I have a particular place in my
4:25heart for Vera Wang’s bridal dresses
4:27they are amazing again I know the guys
4:30here are going to want me to turn in my
4:31man card so I get it now each of these
4:34wedding dress designers they have a
4:36signature look and style and each is
4:38elegant and beautiful in their own ways
4:40but on that great day we will not be
4:43wearing a Vera Wang we will be dressed
4:47in a Jesus
4:51and this kills me it kills me we will be
4:55dressed into Jesus and Our Gospel text
4:57this morning gives us a sneak peek at
4:59what we will be wearing
5:03think back with me if you would for a
5:06moment to the Garden of Eden after Adam
5:08and Eid have rebelled against God
5:10and had eaten the fruit that they had
5:12been told not to eat what did they do to
5:15cover their nakedness and their shame
5:16they clothed themselves with fig leaves
5:19but Genesis 3 21 and off skipped verse
5:23or one that’s not really highly noted
5:25says this
5:26God the Lord made for Adam and his wife
5:30garments of skins and he clothed them
5:33yeah that’s right God clothed Adam and
5:36Eve with animal skins and these were
5:38costly clothes because an innocent
5:40animal had to die in order to cover
5:42their nakedness and their shame
5:44does that sound familiar
5:46now Luke chapter 15 is another passage
5:50that gives us a little bit of this
5:51Theology of clothing and it’s that
5:54famous story of the parable of the
5:55Prodigal Son let me read a portion of it
5:57for you from Luke 15. Jesus said there
6:00was a man who had two sons the younger
6:03of them said to his father father give
6:05me the share of the property that is
6:07coming to me
6:08that’s a polite way of putting it
6:11kind of reading between the lines it’s
6:13Dad I’m really upset that you’re not
6:15dead yet would you give me your share of
6:17The Inheritance or my share of the
6:20this tells you how much he really loves
6:21his father and father rather than giving
6:24him the backhand of Fellowship which is
6:27what he deserved he ends up dividing his
6:29property between them so not many days
6:32later the younger son gathered all that
6:34he had and took a journey into a far
6:36country and there he squandered his
6:38property in Reckless living the details
6:42of this Reckless living and not giving
6:44given in scripture we don’t know if he
6:46was partying spending it all on booze
6:48and drugs maybe prostitutes Reckless
6:51living kind of implies all of that
6:53and when he had spent everything a
6:56severe famine arose in that country he
6:58began to be in need so he went and hired
7:00himself out to one of the citizens of
7:02that country who sent him into his
7:05fields to feed pigs
7:08unclean animals this is not anything a
7:11good Jewish boy would want to be doing
7:12so there he is feeding pigs reduced to
7:15nothing a servitude if you would
7:19so he was no longer he was longing to be
7:22fed with the pods that the pigs ate no
7:25one gave him anything but when he came
7:27to himself he said how many of my
7:30father’s hired servants have more than
7:31enough bread but I perish here with
7:33Hunger I will arise and go to my father
7:36and I will say to him father
7:38I have sinned against heaven and before
7:40you and I am no longer worthy to be
7:41called your son
7:43true words can never have been spoken
7:46but he wants to cut a deal with his dad
7:48so he says so treat me as one of your
7:50hired servants this is what he rehearsed
7:52in his you know is in his mind as he’s
7:54getting ready to go visit his father so
7:56then he rose and came to his father but
7:59while he was still a long way off
8:04his father saw him from far off knew was
8:06his son
8:08his father saw him felt compassion and
8:10he ran and he embraced him and he kissed
8:14him and the son said to him father I
8:16have sinned against heaven and before
8:18you I am no longer worthy to be called
8:20your son
8:22there’s the confession of sin and it’s
8:25and now the father Cuts him off there’s
8:27got not going to be any deal making here
8:29but the father said to his servants
8:31bring quickly the best robe
8:37there it is that Theology of clothing
8:39again bring quickly the best robe hear
8:42this son who has squandered his father’s
8:46on Reckless living probably covered in
8:48mud and pig poop
8:51first thing the father says is bring
8:53quickly the best robe and put it on him
8:55and put a ring on his hand and shoes on
8:57his feet and bring the fatted calf and
8:59kill it and let us eat and celebrate for
9:01this my son was dead and he is now alive
9:05again he was lost and now he’s found so
9:08they began to celebrate
9:11now in a very real way the prodigal son
9:13is you
9:15it’s me
9:17you were dead
9:19in your trespasses and sins but now you
9:21are alive again in Christ you were lost
9:24and now you are found
9:26you had soiled your robes with sin and
9:29iniquity and Christ has taken away your
9:32filthy robes from you and has dressed
9:34you in the best robe
9:36Isaiah 61 10 says this I will rejoice
9:40greatly in the Lord my in the Lord my
9:44soul shall exalt in my God for he has
9:47clothed me with garments of Salvation he
9:51has covered me with a robe of
9:52righteousness as a bridegroom decks
9:55himself like a priest with a beautiful
9:56headdress as a bride adorns herself
10:00with her jewels
10:02Zechariah Chapter 3 not a very popular
10:06passage few read it
10:07talking about the high priest at the
10:10time when the Jews returned from Babylon
10:12to Jerusalem says this about the high
10:15priest Joshua says this then he showed
10:18me that’s the Lord showed me Joshua the
10:21high priest standing before the angel of
10:23the Lord and Satan standing at his right
10:26hand to accuse him and that’s what Satan
10:28does he accuses us of our sins and the
10:32Lord said to Satan the Lord rebuke you o
10:34Satan the Lord who has chosen Jerusalem
10:37he rebuked you is not this a brand pluck
10:40from the fire now Joshua was standing
10:43before the angel clothed with filthy
10:45garments and the angel said to those who
10:48were standing before him remove the
10:50filthy garments from him and to him he
10:53said behold I have taken away your
10:56iniquity from you I will clothe you with
11:00pure vestments
11:02and this is all of us
11:04all of us Satan stands there accusing us
11:06of our sins and he’s right in all of his
11:09accusations but you see you like Joshua
11:13are a brand plucked from the fire you
11:16like Joshua have had your filthy clothes
11:18removed from you and given pure white
11:21you ask when did this happen
11:23well it’s real simple Paul in Galatians
11:25chapter 3 verse 20 says 27 says this for
11:29as many of you as were baptized into
11:32Christ you have put on Christ
11:38let me say that again for as many of you
11:40as were baptized into Christ you have
11:43put on Christ in other words at that
11:46baptismal font when you were baptized
11:48you were baptized into Christ and you
11:51think back to that tradition where where
11:53you know parents would bring their
11:55children it doesn’t matter if it was a
11:56boy or a girl bring them to be baptized
11:59what were they wearing those white
12:01baptismal gowns right all of that
12:04hinting at them being clothed with
12:10Revelation chapter 7 says this after
12:12this I looked and behold a great
12:15multitude that no one could number from
12:16every nation from all tribes and peoples
12:19and languages standing Before the Throne
12:21and before the lamb clothed in white
12:24robes with palm branches in their hands
12:27and crying out with a loud voice
12:29salvation Belongs To Our God who sits on
12:32the throne into the lamb and all the
12:34Angels were standing around the throne
12:36and around the elders and the four
12:37living creatures and they fell on their
12:39faces before the throne and worshiped
12:42God saying amen blessing and glory and
12:45wisdom and Thanksgiving and honor and
12:47power and might be to our god forever
12:50and ever amen then one of the elders
12:53addressed me saying who are these
12:55clothed in white robes and from where
12:58have they come
13:00and I said to him sir
13:02you know and he said to me these are the
13:05ones coming out of the Great Tribulation
13:07they have washed their robes and made
13:10them white in the blood of the Lamb
13:13in other words Christians
13:16All Is Forgiven
13:19that’s what God wants me to tell you
13:21that All is Forgiven your filthy robes
13:24have been taken from you in the waters
13:26of your baptism and you are now clothed
13:28with the very righteousness of Christ
13:31and the robes that you are wearing are
13:33dazzling white whiter than anyone in the
13:36world can bleach them because they have
13:39been bleached in the blood of the lamb
13:41in your baptism you have put on Christ
13:43and the dazzling white wedding gown that
13:46he has won for you on the cross and when
13:49we partake here of the on the lord of
13:51the Lord’s supper at this altar
13:54we are getting a sneak peek and a little
13:56foretaste of the wedding Feast that is
13:58to come
13:59well how can this be you might ask well
14:01it’s simple
14:02think back to our text on the Mount of
14:05transfiguration Jesus there is flanked
14:07by Moses and Elijah we read this morning
14:10yes the law and the prophets represented
14:13in full
14:15and of great voice comes from heaven and
14:17says listen to Jesus after the other two
14:21but see there we got a peek of Jesus’s
14:24Glory but when Jesus’s greater glory was
14:28on display for all the World to See
14:30Jesus was hanging naked and bleeding and
14:33flanked by two thieves on a cross on the
14:35slopes not of ma of the Mount of
14:37transfiguration but on the slopes of
14:39Mount Moriah
14:40and Isaiah tells us what this was all
14:43it says this in chapter 53 he Jesus was
14:47pierced for our transgressions
14:50he was crushed for our iniquities
14:53upon him was the chastisement that
14:56brought us peace and with his wounds we
14:59are healed all we like sheep have gone
15:01astray we have turned everyone to his
15:03own way and here’s what it says the lord
15:05has laid on him the iniquity of us all
15:10in other words
15:13all of your sin
15:15all of your filthy garments
15:18all of those times when you have not
15:20loved God with all your heart soul mind
15:22and strength when you have despised the
15:25hearing of his word when you have failed
15:26to pray as you ought
15:28when you have not honored those in
15:30authority over you
15:32when you have coveted
15:34when you have lied
15:36when you have been sexually immoral when
15:38you have stolen
15:40when you have torn down someone’s
15:42character with your words of slander and
15:45all of those sins show that rather than
15:49being a worthy bride you have instead
15:50acted like a
15:52and that’s the reality of the situation
15:55but you see scripture says that God
15:58demonstrates his love for us
16:00in that while we were yet sinners
16:03Christ died for our sins
16:06and so Jesus he takes all of your sin
16:10every time you have fallen short of
16:13God’s standard he takes the punishment
16:15upon himself so that he is punished
16:19rather than his bride so that he takes
16:22those filthy garments and accounts for
16:23every one of our transgressions so that
16:26we can be clothed in his dazzling white
16:31the animal skins that God used to clothe
16:33Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden they
16:35were very costly
16:36but there are no clothes more costly
16:38than the Garment of Salvation which
16:40Christ closes church with
16:42it was not an innocent animal that died
16:44to purchase these clothes instead it was
16:47the very Son of God
16:50and this is what God’s love looks like
16:53all of your iniquity is bled for all of
16:57your sin is died for
17:00the only word we hear from God is All Is
17:03Forgiven repent be forgiven live
17:07and get ready for the marriage Feast of
17:09the Lamb when you appear before him you
17:12will not be in filthy robes you will be
17:15literally dressed in the dazzling white
17:18Garment of Christ
17:20which no one can bleach as white as it
17:24truly is dazzling sparkled bedecked
17:28more amazing and beautiful than any
17:31bride that you had ever seen at Eddie
17:33wedding because like I said every
17:35wedding is in reality a dress rehearsal
17:38for the great marriage Feast of the lamb
17:40in the name of Jesus Amen
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