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with Pastor Jon Courson

Bible and Menora
Daily Devotional
December 20
And he answered and spake unto those that stood before him, saying, Take away the filthy garments from him. And unto him he said, Behold, I have caused thine iniquity to pass from thee, and I will clothe thee with change of raiment. And I said, Let them set a fair mitre upon his head. So they set a fair mitre upon his head, and clothed him with garments. And the angel of the LORD stood by.
Zechariah 3:4-5
 
Notice that the Lord didn’t tell Joshua to go to his room and clean up. That’s what we think the Lord says to us. When we hear the accusation of the slanderer, we think we have to somehow cleanse ourselves before we can ever pray, worship, or serve. Not so. As Joshua just stood passively, realizing his robes of religiosity were filthy, he heard the Lord say, “I will clothe him with robes that are righteous.”

I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels. Isaiah 61:10

Salvation is not a matter of trying to clean up my act or ironing out my problems and wrinkles. It’s a matter of realizing I’m a sinner and letting Jesus robe me with the garments of His righteousness.

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are past away; behold, all things are become new . . . For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. 2 Corinthians 5:17, 21

This is essential to understand. You are the righteousness of God not because of what you do or don’t do but because of where you are. When you opened your heart to Jesus, He came in to you. But, more importantly, you were placed in Him. You are in Christ. Therefore, when the Father looks at us, He doesn’t see us in our sin. He sees us in His Son.

My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: and he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world. 1 John 2:1-2

In the Heavenly scene, Satan is the prosecuting attorney, calling judgment upon me, pointing out the faults within me before God, the Judge of all men. But when my name comes up, I have a defense lawyer, Jesus Christ, Who steps up and says, “Father, I died for Jon and My blood has covered his sin. He is in Me.”

Hearing this, the Father says, “Case dismissed for complete lack of evidence.”

And I am free.
 

This Daily Devotional is an excerpt from the book "A Day of Feasting" by Pastor Jon. "A Day of Feasting" is a collection of 365 short devotions from the Old Testament books of Joshua through Malachi.If you would like your own copy of "A Day of Feasting" you may click here to go to the SearchLight Store.