A robe dipped in blood

Revelation 19:11-13
11 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.
12 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.
13 He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God.

It is the end of days. The Rapture has taken many of God’s elect away from the earth, and now the days of tribulation are finally over. God’s judgment has been poured out upon the earth, and Babylon has fallen. Satan’s army is about to be defeated and the accuser himself is soon to be bound, leading to the thousand-year reign of Christ and the saints. This is a glorious and yet surprising moment. For although Jesus’ “bride” is arrayed in “fine linen, clean and bright,” (Revelation 19:8), Jesus Himself rides forth in all His glory on a white horse but wearing “a robe dipped in blood.” (v.13)

It is a striking image, seeing Christ in His glory and yet still wearing garments soaked with blood. Whose blood is it? It is the blood of Christ Himself, the life of the Son of the living God, which is the only thing that can defeat Satan. In fact, when Satan was first cast out of heaven, he was defeated by “the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their [the angels’] testimony.” (Revelation 12:11) So when Jesus returns to bind Satan, He will come with the power of His blood.

My friends, looking throughout Scripture you will see that the blood of Christ sanctifies us before God. When Satan the accuser stands before God to try to convict us of our sins, Christ Jesus Himself arrays us in fine linen that bears no stain of sin. In short, Satan’s deceit cannot overcome the power of the blood of Christ. Jesus’ blood not only imparts to us His righteousness but also His Spirit and His truth. Christ Jesus IS the Word of God, and when we are covered by His blood, we have His Spirit within us and we have that Word in our hearts.

Against the blood of Christ, no lie of man nor devil can stand. No guilt nor shame can stain those washed by Jesus’ blood. The blood of the Lamb of God has and WILL overcome all worldly and satanic powers. “For the life of the flesh is in the blood” (Leviticus 17:11) – i.e. the life eternal promised to God’s faithful is in the blood of Christ.

When we face trials and pain, when we face suffering and worldly defeat, when we despair or feel guilt, when we have doubts and fears, THAT is when we should turn to Christ, be washed in His blood, and KNOW that against such a life-giving flood, nothing can stand. From the beginning of time, Jesus the Word of God has loved us, and “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” (Hebrews 13:8)

Romans 8:31-39
31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?
32 He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?
33 Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies.
34 Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us.
35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
36 As it is written:
“For Your sake we are killed all day long;
We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.”
37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.
38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come,
39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Just as Jesus will return arrayed in His own blood, so must we allow ourselves to be clothed in the blood of Christ, so that no created thing should separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. A time will come when Christ will clothe us in fine linen to face judgment, but today, as we face Satan and worldly powers, let us wear the blood of the Lamb and our own testimony of His gospel, so that we can defeat those powers and someday stand spotless before God.

Revelation 19:16
And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written:

Lord God Almighty, let us be glad and give You glory! Let us be washed by the blood of the Lamb, and although we do not feel worthy of Your grace, please accept us, O Lord, as heirs of His glory. Shield me from Satan, Father God, and strengthen me with Your rod of iron with which You shall rule the nations. Write Your Word upon my heart, Lord God, and renew my spirit daily to face the day. All praise and honor and glory be Yours forever. Amen.


About Glenn Pettit

I am a deacon at The Well of Iowa, and a father and grandfather. Called to teach and to preach, I write fresh messages about the Bible every now and then.
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