You lifted him high and bright as a cumulus cloud, then dressed him in rainbow colors. You pile blessings on him; you make him glad when you smile. Is it any wonder the king loves God? that he’s sticking with the Best? Ps 21:5- 7MSG

Growing up as a child in poverty stricken Africa, one of the things that signalled the coming of Christmas, apart from the dry dusty winds of the harmattan, was the sound of carols and the beautiful decorations that came up in every home. But all of these paled into insignificance in expectation for our Christmas Dress. The Christmas outfit was always the most expected and most anticipated Christmas item. Without it everything else would be a gloomy shadow of Christmas. What was it that made this particular dress so special; even if a few days later, the magic of the cloth would have evaporated? 

The Christmas cloth symbolized the love of our parents for us, and their desire that we don’t look shabby on the most important day in the calendar. That is exactly what David describes in the passage above. God dresses us up in rainbow colours. Even Joseph’s coat of many colours does not compare in the faintest way to the beauty of what God has dressed you with this season.

God dresses us up not just for Christmas but for our roles in life. Our robes don’t look alike but they definitely are not drab. Some robes may appear unappealing like the infertility of Elizabeth, some robes may appear stained like the doubt of Zachariah, or the sorrow of Anna; others may be completely stainless like that of favoured virgin – Mary. Some robes are just plain ordinary work cloths – like those of the shepherds who stayed in the field late that night to feed their flock. Some robes are not-so-ordinary work cloths – they are the specialists and leaders in science, government, religion. Some robes are coloured in hope and expectation like Simeon’s and some robes are to remain almost unseen and anonymous like Joseph’s.

Satan hands out robes too to the unsuspecting Herod got a robe of hatred, the religious leaders got robes of complacency and most people today will get robes of commercialization and nonchalance.

The most amazing Christmas cloth that first Christmas was this: God, creator of heaven and earth, the bright image of His majesty, took on a Christmas cloth that is most baffling. It is not the “swaddling clothes” in the manger but the cloth of death!

Since the children are made of flesh and blood, it’s logical that the Savior took on flesh and blood in order to rescue them by his death. By embracing death, taking it into himself, he destroyed the Devil’s hold on death and freed all who cower through life, scared to death of death. Hebrews 2:14-15

God came dressed up in humanity that humans could be like God. Have you got your Christmas cloth? Are you dressed up like God yet? Is your God-cloth stained? Are you holding strongly to your cloth of humanity? This is the right time to check up on your dressing. The Christmas family reunion is coming and only those properly dressed will be allowed in. Matt 22:8-14

 Prayer: God help me stay properly dressed in my spirit and conformable to your image today and always. I exchange my garment of fear, pride, failure, hatred etc, for your garment of love and righteousness. In Jesus Name. Amen.

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