In this sermon, our founding pastor, W. Graham Smith, talks about the robes of Christ based on Psalm 45– the significance of the His robes–myrrh, and aloes, and cassia. Here are some excerpts:

“…In Psalm 45 the King prepares Himself to meet his bride; and the Christian Church has always seen in this the picture of Christ, the eternal Bridegroom, being wedded to His Bride, the Church, which He has purchased with His own blood. As Christ steps forth, His robes… are spotlessly radiant and bear the very fragrance of heaven. They “are fragrant with myrrh, and aloes, and cassia, out of the ivory palaces.”

The Robes of Christ

Let us ask of our text three questions:

  1. Why are the robes of Christ fragrant with myrrh?… [W]hen we read that Christ’s garments are fragrant with myrrh, we are reminded of the fragrant beauty of our Lord’s character…
  2. Why are the robes of Christ fragrant with aloes?… This reminds us, does it not, that the glory of Christ’s redeeming work is only fully understood in the light of His sufferings and death. He bore for us the effects of the disease called “sin.” “He was crucified, dead and buried.” Surely the aloes speak to us of the humiliation, suffering, death and burial of our Lord
  3. Why are the robes of Christ fragrant with cassia?… [W]hen Christ comes with garments fragrant with cassia it suggests to us the healing power of the Son of God…

His mission accomplished, He has returned to heaven for a while, but the fragrance of His regal robes still remains…

But do remember — heaven is a prepared place for a prepared people…

For very love’s sake, do what you know you ought to do — commit yourself to Him, body, mind and spirit, as He confronts you this morning in regal splendor — His “robes fragrant with myrrh, and aloes and cassia, out of the ivory palaces.”


Graham has a lot more to say about this topic. If you would like to learn more, please download and read the attached transcript of the sermon, as the above excerpts do not even scratch the surface. If you would like to do a word search on the transcript, download the file, and then open the file with your web browser after downloading and use your browser’s find feature.


July 23, 1995

Psalm 45:8

Rev. W. Graham Smith

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