The Lord Be With You Today!
Why are your garments red,
like those of one treading the winepress?
(Seeing their Warrior King striding forth,
in His resplendent robes of a triumphant King,
the people of God ask why these splendid, kingly garments are blood-stained.
His stained garments look much the same
as clothing after the harvesters tread the crushed grapes
to make them release their blood-rich juice to be made into wine.
Isaiah reminds us here that the Lord is King, that He is victorious,
that He has shed His Own blood to bring about His triumph,
and that He has been crushed and taken through the winepress
in the redemptive warfare that He has accomplished.
He is now ready to apply to us the rich wine of salvation.
Today, like Christ, our garments are washed red by the sacrificial blood of Christ,
a cleansing that makes us righteous in God’s sight.
Today, like Christ, we are called by the Lord
to be crushed in His winepress that breaks into our protective covering
and releases from us the wine flow
of the Lord’s purposes and teaching and provision in our lives.)
May the Lord richly bless you this day!
In Christ’s love,
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