Revelation 3:17-18 “You do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind,and naked. I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich; and white clothes to wear, so you can cover your shameful nakedness.”
The term “wardrobe malfunction” was coined after an unfortunate incident during the halftime show at a Superbowl about a dozen years ago. Sometimes our clothing fails us. Spiritually, we suffer from more than just a little “wardrobe malfunction.” Without Jesus, we are “naked.” It’s worse than not getting all zipped or buttoned up after a trip to the restroom. God sees right through us into all our secret thoughts and private moments. All we do or think is exposed to him.There is nothing covering our sin.
Jesus doesn’t leer at us or mock us in our nakedness. He offers “white clothes to wear, so that you can cover your shameful nakedness.” This pictures a facet of God’s saving love in the gospel that we don’t give so much attention. We tend to think first of the cross, and Jesus paying for our sins, and rightly so. But he gives us more.
Maybe someone has stolen the credit you deserved for something you did. Has anyone ever given you the credit for something good you didn’t do? Since the creation of the world there has been only one holy, spotless life of pure love and goodness, and that is the life Jesus lived during his thirty-three years with us here. Now he says, “Let’s see how that life looks on you.” He doesn’t offer us a cheap knock-off made in China; or a pattern, some material, and a sewing machine so that we can make our own. He goes to his closet, and he dresses us up in his own perfection. He covers the story of our failings, our weak moments, our meltdowns and angry outbursts, our cold-heartedness and loveless hypocrisy, with his perfect patience, his good-hearted kindness and mercy to everyone he met, his courage and integrity, his consistent honesty and his uncomplaining sacrifice. He gives us the credit for his life and his love.
“Oh look,” he says, “It’s a perfect fit! Why don’t you keep it, and whenever my Father sees you, he will say we look like twins.” Jesus’ righteousness is the last and only thing we will ever need to wear.