Lk.15:22 – “But the father said to his slaves, ‘Quickly bring out the best robe and put it on him.'”
I often wish I had been given the talent of an artist (maybe in heaven). This scene is painted in my brain; the Father displaying His love and forgiveness on His returning son. This robe was intended by the Lord in His parable to portray incredible favor placed upon us as we turn to the Lord and experience His amazing grace.
Picture the scene in your mind’s eye, the removal of the pig slop stained garment from the son, peeling away the season of sin and rebellion from this young man’s life. Now this robe of acceptance, celebration, and favor is placed upon his shoulders; all old things have passed away and all things have become new. This coat also pictures the fresh mantle or anointing that comes upon this young man. It is called by Jesus the promise of the Father. From this day forward this son will move in the power of the Father’s anointing. Here is how Maclaren describes this scene.
“Zechariah saw in vision the high priest standing at the heavenly tribunal, clad in filthy garments. A voice said, ‘Take away the filthy garments from him,’ and the interpretation is added: ‘Behold! I have caused thine iniquity to pass from thee, and I will clothe thee with a change of raiment.’ You remember our Lord’s parable of the man with a wedding garment. You remember the Apostle Paul’s frequent use of the metaphor of ‘putting off the old man, putting on the new.’ You remember, finally, the visions of the last days, in which the Seer in Patmos saw the armies in heaven that followed their victorious Commander, ‘clothed in fine linen, white and pure, which is the righteousness of the saints.’ If we put all these together, surely I am not forcing a meaning on a non-significant detail, when I say that here we have shadowed for us the great thought, that the result of the divine forgiveness coming upon a man is that he is clothed with a character which fits him to sit down at his Father’s table.”
So I have decided to wear my Father’s coat of celebration today. It may not be very popular in the culture of this world but I wear it anyway. I have had enough of the pig’s food, and don’t want those clothes on me anymore.