THE BLOODY COAT
Rev. 19:13 He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God.
I often think of the various coats in the Bible and what they portray. There is Joseph’s coat of many colors that carried Joseph into the world of prophetic dreams. Of course, who can forget Elijah’s famous coat, it resonates with the Pentecostal power of the upper room. After the mantle came upon his disciple Elisha, Elisha could never be the same. To me, the coat of all coats was the one Jesus was wearing in the book of Revelation. Actually, its the one He is wearing now as He represents me as a priest and as my sin offering before the Father in heaven. In John’s vision Christ was wearing this coat dipped in blood as He mounts the white horse when He returns to judge this world. John Gill has some interesting comments about this robe.
“And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood,
Either in his own, by which he became the Savior of his church and people; or else in the blood of his saints, he now comes to avenge; or rather in the blood of his enemies, with which he appears as stained, before the battle is fought, the victory being sure, and their slaughter unavoidable: the metaphor is taken from persons treading in a winepress, whose garments are stained with blood of grapes. Here may be also an allusion to the Roman general’s vesture, which was sometimes purple or scarlet, in which he fought, as did Lucullus.”
Jonathan Edwards brings out Jesus’ coat dipped in blood as foreshadowed by the bloody coat of Joseph.
“One thing that confirms me that the design here is not only to represent Christ’s garment as dipped in the blood of his enemies, but also dipped in his own blood, was Joseph’s garments being dipped in the blood of the kid that was slain in his room; in which affair Joseph was without doubt a type of Christ.”
I love that, Jesus could wear any coat He likes. He is the creator of all things. He is also the heir of all things by the act of redemption. He is King of kings and Lord of lords. He would naturally be expected to dress in royal splendor as a king. Jesus is a king, but as Martin Luther often said, He is not “that kind of king”. Jesus has chosen to wear that bloody robe as a reminder of His love for us and to remind us of the incredible price He paid for our souls. Every time I think about the bloody coat of Jesus I am humbled again at His relentless love for me and how He is returning for me and to bring justice to all of our enemies. How can we respond? We must bow again with the angels. Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, the whole earth is filled with Your Glory.