Oh, she looked so pretty in that pink dress, and he was incredibly dapper-looking in his tuxedo, but she looked hideous in that striped number, and he was a little under-dressed for the red carpet. And excuse me, they just took off their pants! When you think of the red carpet you immediately think of celebrities, but God has rolled out the red carpet for believers throughout history. We read about it from Genesis all the way to Revelation.
Genesis 3:21 ~ God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them. From the very beginning of humankind, it is there. When Adam and Eve sinned, God shed innocent blood to make them clothes. He rolled out the red carpet. This is a picture of us being made righteous when Jesus died for us.
In Genesis 4 we read about Cain and Abel. They wanted to worship God, so Cain offers up fruits and vegetables, but Abel has already figured out that God requires blood, so Abel brought a lamb. God accepted Abel’s sacrifice, but not Cain’s. Why? Because without blood (rolling out the red carpet) there is no remission of sin (Hebrews 9:22).
Genesis 22 ~ God tells Abraham to sacrifice his son, Isaac. Just before Abraham starts to kill Isaac, God provides a ram. Isaac was set free, but an innocent animal’s blood was shed. God rolled out the red carpet.
Exodus 12:13 ~ God wants to deliver his people from bondage. On the night of Passover He told the people to kill a lamb, and put the blood on their doorposts. “When I see the blood, I will pass over you.” Red carpet.
And don’t forget Rahab, and the red rope in the window. Joshua 2
And finally, Jesus died on the cross to save us from our sins. His death was prophecy fulfilled, and promises carried out. He was slain for all of creation. You and me. Red carpet.
Take-aways from the red carpet: The POWER of the redemptive blood of Christ, reconciliation through the blood, and the relationship we have with Jesus, through the blood.
Now, walk that red carpet, take hold of the ultimate trophy, roll the red carpet out for someone this week, but please dress the part.