The Disrobing of Christ: 24 February 2015


The Spoliation by El Greco is considered one of the most stunning depiction’s of Christ, particularly given the luminous red robe in a crowed of muted figures. The scene depicts Christ at the foot of the cross as it, as well as he, are prepared for the crucifixion. 

Matthew 19 28 Jesus said to them, ‘Truly I tell you, at the renewal of all things, when the Son of Man sits on his glorious throne, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. 29 And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or fields for my sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life. 30 But many who are first will be last, and many who are last will be first.

1 Peter 5:1-6 To the elders among you, I appeal as a fellow elder and a witness of Christ’s sufferings who also will share in the glory to be revealed: 2 be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, watching over them – not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not pursuing dishonest gain, but eager to serve; 3 not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock. 4 And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away. 5 In the same way, you who are younger, submit yourselves to your elders. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility towards one another, because,
‘God opposes the proud
but shows favour to the humble.’
6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.

The order of heaven is not based on earthly victories.    Heaven will measure our achievements by how we’ve lived up to the level of our gifts. God wants us to pursue service and a life of worship. In heaven we shall be measured only against the level of our abilities. Heaven’s pecking order contains a wonderful truth: God will never require of us anything he has not equipped us to achieve.

Perhaps designates those who will be first. Those who love Christ the most on earth will stand closest in eternity to the object of their love.

Should we not, then, lose ourselves in worship this Easter? In short, all things begin in our adoration of Christ. We often hear that the world has yet to see what a soul entirely devoted to Christ might accomplish. Only his supreme love could motivate such a servant. Such a person will never hunger to rule in heaven.

Lord, I do not care about position in heaven. Let all those bent on having power rule there as they may. Give me only a small place close enough to see your face. For if you were to withhold your presence from all that we call heaven, the place itself dissolves and has no point.