What would you wear to meet the queen? I’ve never had the chance but, if I did, I reckon I’d think quite hard about it. Our God is the King of all kings - and there is a dress code!
Our sins clothe us in dirt:
The people in Sardis who needed to repent had “soiled their garments” (Revelation 3:4).
Even what we call our righteousness is like filthy rags to God. (Isaiah 64:6)
In the Bible, people clothed themselves in sackcloth and ashes to show they were sorry for their sin:
“The people of Nineveh believed God. They called for a fast and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them to the least of them. The word reached the king of Nineveh, and he arose from his throne, removed his robe, covered himself with sackcloth, and sat in ashes. And he issued a proclamation and published through Nineveh, ‘…Let everyone turn from his evil way and from the violence that is in his hands. Who knows? God may turn and relent and turn from his fierce anger, so that we may not perish.’ When God saw what they did, how they turned from their evil way, God relented of the disaster that he had said he would do to them.” (Jonah 3:5-9)
God forgives our sin and takes away our filthy clothing but he doesn’t leave us naked! He clothes us…
“Now Joshua was standing before the angel, clothed with filthy garments. And the angel said to those who were standing before him, ‘Remove the filthy garments from him.’ And to him he said, ‘Behold, I have taken your iniquity away from you, and I will clothe you with pure vestments.’” (Zechariah 3:3)
…in salvation and righteousness
“I will greatly rejoice in the Lord; my soul shall exult in my God, for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation; he has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself like a priest with a beautiful headdress, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.” (Isaiah 61:10)
“The one who conquers will be clothed thus in white garments.” (Revelation 3:5)
So, stick to the dress code:
Jesus tells a parable about the kingdom of heaven. He says it’s like a wedding feast and everyone is invited. One man turns up to the feast ignoring the dress code, so he is thrown out.
Jesus is saying that you will only get into the kingdom of heaven if you are clothed in the garments of salvation and robe of righteousness that God provides for you.
Who but the King of kings sets the dress code and provides the tux?