Sunday, November 10, 2013

Turning Red to White

Isaiah 1:18 (NLT)
“Come now, let’s settle this,” says the Lord.  “Though your sins are like scarlet, I will make them as white as snow.  Though they are red like crimson, I will make them as white as wool.

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Let’s talk laundry.  Can you clean a blood soaked cloth so well it becomes pure white?  Not a nice shade of gray but as white as fresh snow?   Oxyclean or bleach might do a pretty good job, but imagine living in Biblical times and getting anything as white as snow.  Impossible?  Don’t you know God loves the impossible?

This is the comparison God uses to describe His forgiveness.  He turns blood red to bright white.  Gone.  Removed.  No lurking stains.  No hint of them remaining.  Purer than humanly possible.

When we acknowledge our sin, He erases it.  Even sin we’re unaware of, He forgives.  We are human.  No matter how kind and loving we try to be, we ultimately fall short.  We’re incapable of perfection.  When we humble ourselves and simply realize our sinful tendencies, He is gracious and completely wipes them away.  He restores our relationship with Him.  He makes us right (that’s what righteous means – in right relationship).

Can you believe that?  I mean truly know it in your core?  Can you lay down the guilt, leave it behind and claim your right, pure, clean relationship with God?

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