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Jacket - World-Hanger 2

Damaged © by Ross Cochrane using Blender 2.79 and GetPaint.net

Matthew 20:28 – EXCHANGED

 I didn’t notice it until now, but it is not what the salesperson told me it was, and it is not the size or color I asked forWhat was I thinking? This jacket I am wearing is far too small and far too dark and the lining is torn, and I want it exchanged. 

How fortunate. The same salesperson who sold it to me is still here. I show him the docket and ask him for a replacement, but I am told I am not entitled to one. 

“I beg your pardon,” I say, It is damaged, I don’t want it, it doesn’t fit me and is far too restrictive. I have no use for a small, ill-fitting, damaged jacket!” but he does not listen, even when I begin to raise my voice.

“Please don’t shout at me,” he says, making me feel bad“The sign says, (he points at the sign) NO REPLACEMENTS OR REFUNDS.”

I’m sorry,” I say, “but your sign means nothing, and you know that, by law, you must replace damaged goods. This is a major problem and I have a right to a replacement. I would not have bought this jacket if I had known it was damaged.” I can’t believe I bought it anyway. I don’t even like it. 

He smiles and asks to take a look at the jacket. I show him the torn lining and he says“It looks perfectly OK to me, and you have waited far too long.

shake my head and look him in the eye. “This jacket is obviously seriously damaged. I demand a replacement! He smiles again, sighs and relents. “Very well, take a look at the jackets and find one which is of the same value.”

I look at the other jackets only to find that all of them have increased dramatically in price, all of them are badly made, and all of them are far too small. I am starting to get annoyed and ask instead for a refund and when he says “No,” I threaten to go to Consumer Affairs. 

“Look,” says the shop owner“Since you have a docket, here’s what I will do. I will give you a repair notice and you can find anyone you choose to repair the jacket and I will pay the full price for the repair.” 

am suspicious, but I need a jacket and I leave the store feeling angry that I accepted having to wear something too small, but I find a store in the shopping center who does repairs and give them the repair notice and ask about my jacket. 

“Another one”, the shop owner says, “I’m sorry but we cannot repair your jacket. It is not worth the time or effort. It’s so badly made, it would only tear again. You have been duped and this repair notice is worthless. I am not willing to take the chance and bear the cost.” 

“I will find someone else who will repair it“. 

“You won’t find anybody else who is willing,” she says. 

I will contact Consumer Affairs,” I say. “And what did you mean when you said, ‘Another one’?

“Look around you”, she says, “Everyone has a jacket like yours.” 

I am just about to ask what on earth she is talking about when I look around at the other shoppers, only to find, to my horror, that everyone is wearing a jacket like mine. Is this a dream? It is hardly the fashion to wear damaged, ill-fitting garments. I am astounded. What is going on?   

Just then I see a man walking towards me who is NOT wearing an ill-fitting damaged jacket. His jacket fits him perfectly. It is tailored without flaws and made of the finest of fabrics and He really stands out in a crowd. I am extremely pleased for Him (well, perhaps a little jealous)

He notices me looking at Him and says, “Do you realize your jacket is damaged?” I am annoyed and a little embarrassed by this question (is it that noticeable?) but smile and say, “Yes, I am trying to find someone to repair it?” 

He says, “Your jacket is not designed to fit who you are.”

“Well, it seems to be the fashion, I say, looking around, “and it cost me a great deal.”

“The wages of sin is death,” He says. It looks like your jacket can be replaced, but not repaired. The shop assistant gives me a look as if to say, “I told you so.” 

He continues, “Here, let me take a look at your jacket. I’m a tailor. No harm in letting him look.

I can’t seem to get it off and feel foolish until He helps me. Then He takes off His own jacket and says, “Try mine.” I must admit, I would like to try on this beautifully made jacket, so I don’t refuse His invitation

Strange. He puts on my jacket as I try on His. 

“It fits you well.” He says. My jacket on Him looks grotesque. I can see all its flaws.   

“Yes, I can feel how comfortable it is.

It suits you,” He says. In fact, it was made for you. It is yours, a gift. You are a new person.

“I can’t afford such a jacket,” I protest, but when I look up He is walking away wearing my jacket and I try to say something but there are people with old jackets all over the place and I am distracted as I look at my new self in a shop windowA gift, He said…

Of course, you realize now that this is a parable.

Jesus exchanged my sin for His righteousness. He did not repair me. I do not have patches on my sinfulness. He doesn’t just stitch up my tatters. God sees me as forgiven because of what Jesus did for me on the Cross. Romans 5:1 (NLT) says, “Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us.”

Romans 13:12 (NLT) says, … clothe yourself with the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ. …” Galatians 3:26 (NLT) says I have “… put on Christ, like putting on new clothes. 

Matthew 20: 28 says For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give His life as a ransom (substitute) for many.”

I have exchanged death for life because the price was paid. The dark, ill-fitting, damaged-goods jacket of my sin was exchanged for the perfectly fitting jacket of His righteousness. 2 Corinthians 5:14-21 (NLT) says,  For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering (substitute) for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ.

Galatians 6:15 says we can be distracted by things that don’t really matter in life. It says, What counts is whether we have been transformed into a new creation.” 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NASB) says, “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.”

The invitation to EXCHANGE is still available.

Pastor Ross