The Priest with Dirty Clothes: A children’s book authored by Dr. R.C. Sproul of Sanford, Florida and illustrated by Justin Gerard of Greenville, South Carolina. Dr. Sproul tells his audience up front that this book is his “attempt to help children understand one of the most difficult concepts of Christianity–how we are made acceptable to God through Jesus Christ’s Righteousness.” The Priest with Dirty Clothes is based from Zechariah 3:1-5.
Darby and Campbell MacFarland lived in Scotland and made mud pies; getting themselves filthy. Mother was not too pleased considering the clothes were stained for good. Grandpa comes by the house and tells a story about a priest named Jonathan who also had stained clothes. The priest could not stand before the King with these clothes; Malus, the accuser, made sure of that. The priest went to the Prince to ask for help. The Prince explained that the priest’s heart was as stained as his clothes. The priest was to trust in the Prince and to appear before the King with the same dirty clothes. Before the King, the Prince traded His kingly robes and placed the priest’s dirty stained clothes on Himself.
A topic R.C. Sproul discusses through allegory is the doctrine of imputation (Christ’s righteousness being attributed or reckoned to the elect: Romans 4-5) It is one of utmost importance to the Christian’s faith. We are so separated from the Father and need the righteousness of a sinless, perfect Savior. Christ has paid the ultimate, satisfying price of our sin and the Father only accepted His sacrifice. Sproul does a good job of explaining this in a simple enough way to where children can understand. Sproul even points out that there is nothing the priest can do to obtain this righteousness (clean clothes). It is freely given from the Prince. Sproul does not mention specifically the “doctrine of imputation” but the concept is sprinkled throughout the book. Gerard’s artwork is not the best I have seen, but I would still choose his work over the average kids book now a days.
There are questions in back for parents in “guiding your child into a deeper understanding of the scriptural truths behind the book.” This is a fantastic way to get everyone involved in the learning process. Read this book if your children have not yet learned about Christ’s righteousness or could use a reminder of what Christ has done for His people.
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