Luke 24:49 “And behold, I am sending forth the promise of My Father upon you; but you are to stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high.”
I love the imagery of the Bible. In this verse Jesus speaks of a coat of power that the disciples would put on. We call this the Baptism in the Holy Spirit. The Lord said this would be like putting on new clothes, it would cling closely to us and empower us to do things beyond our normal abilities.
This picture of a supernatural garment weaves throughout the scripture. In Matthew, Jesus told a parable about a great wedding feast. In the story we see another version of God’s powerful garment. Here it pictures the white garment for a wedding, it speaks to us of the righteousness of God we receive as a gift by faith in Christ. This garment is the prerequisite to spending an eternity in God’s heavenly marriage celebration. Whose wedding is it? Well of course, it is the marriage celebration of Jesus and His precious bride.
Jesus also drew on this imagery in his famous story of the prodigal son. The son had wasted his inheritance and returned home in shame only to be surprised by His Father’s love. Rather than scorn, he received a kiss, rather than a lecture he was given a ring, rather than being treated as a servant, he was given the coat of inheritance. This is the Father’s gift to all His returning prodigals. We are declared to be His sons, the beautiful coat of His presence is the sign of our sonship.
In the book of Revelation, we see Jesus Himself take up a coat. Let’s read about it from the words of the Apostle John.
Rev. 19:11-13¶ Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war. His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns. He had a name written that no one knew except Himself. He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God.
This has to be the most shocking of all the supernatural garments. Just think about it, Christ the victorious King of kings could wear anything He wanted. What coat did He choose to wear? The one dipped in His own precious blood.This pictures the greatest of all miracles, it portrays how we were freed from our sins by the shedding of His blood.