Dressed like a Princess

Bible Reading: Zechariah 1:7-21; 2; 3; 4; 5; 6 - Listen

I, like Joshua, stand before the Lord, dressed in filthy clothes that are stained by my sins. Satan stands at my right hand to accuse me (3:1,3). His accusations are true. I am guilty. He says I am worthless rubble, unworthy of God's forgiveness. But he doesn't know my Jesus. He doesn't understand the breadth and depth of God's mercy, forgiveness and love. Yes, I am unworthy, and yet, God looks at me with compassion in his eyes and chooses to love me.

God turns toward my accuser and says, "The Lord rebuke you, Satan! The Lord, who has chosen her, rebuke you! Is not this woman a burning stick snatched from the fire?" (3:2 gender changed). God reminds Satan how he reached down and rescued me from my sin before I could be destroyed.

Then his gaze falls on me, standing humbly before him in my soiled garment. He summons his ministering angels, "Take off her filthy clothes," and says to me, "See, I have taken away your sin, and I will put rich garments on you" (3:4 gender changed). His angels remove my stained rags and clothe me in the bright, royal garment of God's righteousness and goodness.

I stand before the Lord, clean and forgiven, dressed like a princess in a white robe of fine linen. He looks around and asks, "Where is your accuser? Is there no one left to condemn you?" "No one, sir," I answer. Then, with grace and compassion in his eyes, he says to me, "Neither do I condemn you. Now go, and sin no more; walk in my ways and keep my commandments" (3:7; cf. John 8:10-11; Rev. 19:8).