3rd April 2012

Come Clean

“To him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood,”
Revelation 1:5 (NKJV)

Cleaning the bathroom can be difficult with all those hard to reach small spaces. The grouting in between tiles gets really grubby and, oh! they are so hard to get white again. So what to do? Do you bleach and scrub as hard as you can, or paint over with white paint?

If painted over, the stains remain and will eventually show through again. If bleached, the problem is solved only for a short time and cannot truly get rid of all the stains.

The same is true with sin. In Leviticus 16:15-19, the sins committed by Israel were ‘covered’ every year by the sin offering within what we know as ‘The Day of Atonement’, but in the Hebrew means ‘Day of Covering’. Unfortunately this was rather like a veneer over chipboard. No matter how many times the Day of Atonement was celebrated, the sin still had to be covered over again the following year. The sins had never gone away; they were still there, lifting the veneer as if water had seeped in, even though Israel regularly gave sin offerings for various sins.

It wasn’t until Jesus died on the cross that the stain of sin could be truly wiped clean. In Revelation 7:14, an angel declares the saints to be those who have “washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.”(NKJV). It’s ironic that blood is described as cleaning whiter than bleach, since blood is one of the hardest stains to get out of clothing.

Since some bleaches can only get things 99% clean, it’s wonderful to know that Jesus’ blood sacrifice of His life for us gets our ‘stains’ 100% clean.

Prayer
Gracious Father, how incredible it is that you and your Son found a way to clean our lives of sin. The solution to our human dilemma was a heavy price—the death on the cross of the very one who had brought the world into being. How Great Thou Art!
Amen

Study by Rosemary Gent

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