We will overcome by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony. "Overcome"(c) Jon Egan/Vertical Worship based on Revelation 12:11 The one who overcomes will ... be dressed in white. Revelation 3:5 [Sunrise photo April 18 2013]

The one who overcomes will … be dressed in white. Revelation 3:5 [Sunrise photo April 18 2013]

We will overcome by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony. Revelation 12:11 “Overcome”(c) Jon Egan/Vertical Worship

Day 18 Dressed in White

White is the liturgical color for the Easter season until the day of Pentecost, when it changes to red.

White is a traditional symbol of holiness, purity, worthiness.

At the empty tomb and ascension hill, white describes the angels appearance.

But Mary stood outside the tomb weeping. As she wept, she knelt to look into the tomb and saw two angels sitting there, dressed in white, one at the head, the other at the foot of where Jesus’ body had been laid. They said to her, “Woman, why do you weep?” John 20:10-12 (MSG)

They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them. Acts 1:9-11

White is the color of resurrection people, it marks Jesus people.

They will walk with me, dressed in white, for they are worthy. 5 The one who overcomes will, like them, be dressed in white. Revelation 3:4-5

There’s something about wearing white that just feels clean.

A season of hope and renewal

“White” and “spring” go together.

Spring is a beautiful season in middle Tennessee where I live.  As I’m writing this and watching the sun rise, I hear hundreds of birds singing, a symphony of melodies and rhythms, themes and variation.  The trees are now more green than grey. The breeze is gentle and pleasant. All nature is re-awakening. Life is in grow mode. And it seems inherently good.

Spring feels hopeful. But our hope is not is the cycle of nature, our hope is in the risen one, who was dead but now is alive!  

That’s something to sing about. Reminds me of one of my favorite hymns.

Fairest Lord Jesus

1 Fairest Lord Jesus, ruler of all nature,
O thou of God and man the Son,
Thee will I cherish, Thee will I honor,
thou, my soul’s glory, joy, and crown.

2 Fair are the meadows, fairer still the woodlands,
robed in the blooming garb of spring:
Jesus is fairer, Jesus is purer
who makes the woeful heart to sing.

3 Fair is the sunshine, fairer still the moonlight,
and all the twinkling starry host:
Jesus shines brighter, Jesus shines purer
than all the angels heaven can boast.

4 Beautiful Savior! Lord of all the nations!
Son of God and Son of Man!
Glory and honor, praise, adoration,
now and forevermore be thine.

Suggestion: Wear something white for worship sometime this season.

Let’s Pray:

I invite you to pray with me today.

“Jesus you are Lord of all creation. All nature sings and the heavens declare Your glory. Thank you for Your gift of renewal, new life and new birth. Lord anoint me to be fruitful and multiply in this next season.  For the glory of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.”

About This Devotional Series

According to the historical church calendar, the Easter season is the 50 day period from Resurrection Sunday to Pentecost Sunday.  I’ll post a fresh devotional thought with my sunrise photo of that morning, everyday through Pentecost, commenting as the Spirit inspires. Check out the rest of the series here.

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