The Meaning Behind It All
by Dr. Dan Sharp, Minister of Worship
Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. - Romans 8:34
You may have noticed that since Easter Sunday, the pastors are wearing white stoles and the paraments (fabric on the pulpit and table) are white. There is a reason: the white color reminds us of the risen Christ.
The Scripture speaks of Jesus’ white garments following the resurrection. The book of Revelation speaks of those in heaven wearing white garments. The High Priest wore simple white linen garments on Yom Kippur. The disciples went to the tomb and found only Jesus’ white grave clothes.
Following the resurrection that first day of the week, Jesus appeared at different times to many people over the following forty days. At the beginning of Jesus’ public ministry he was lead by the Holy Spirit into the desert for forty days during which time he fasted day and night. At the end of that time he was tempted by the devil.
After that, Jesus’ public ministry began. At the conclusion of Jesus’ work on earth, his words from the cross were “it is finished." He defeated Satan at the point of temptation in the desert, and defeated him in his victory over death at the cross.
Jesus then spent forty days on earth not fasting, but eating, hinting of a messianic banquet in heaven. (Hooray!) At the end of these forty days (May 9 this year), Jesus ascended back to heaven to be seated at the right hand of the Father where he continues to intercede on our behalf. May the white paraments and stoles in our worship services remind you that Jesus is interceding on your behalf, even as you read this paragraph.