I remember as a little kid jumping into the shower after a long day of playing outside (Yes, kids actually played outdoors once upon a time) and the water ran brown with the dirt I had accumulated on my adventures. It felt good to be clean and fresh and smell good. It’s a good feeling to be clean isn’t it? But sin stains our souls and makes us feel dirty and unclean. It’s that feeling of uncleanliness that we try to expunge through various acts of contrition, through vowing never to do “it” again, through promising to try harder, but sometimes we continue to feel impure, unclean. The stain on our soul is too deep and we instinctively know that we cannot approach a holy God in that state of uncleanliness so we shrink back and we avoid Him.
King David faced his sin with Bathsheba directly knowing that he could not undo what he had done and that he was powerless to clean himself up. So David cried out to God for cleansing, “Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow” (Ps 51:7), because he knew that only God could do it. That’s where we are today. We know we have sinned, we sense the stain on our soul and we are powerless to erase it. Yet that is exactly where the Blood of Jesus meets us and addresses this seemingly impossible situation.
But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. (1 John 1:7)
Please read those last few words carefully – The Blood cleanses us from ALL sin. We are in fact clean and sparkly inside. There is no shame and no need to fear to approach Him because we don’t feel clean. We ARE clean and pure. If we would take the time to consider this and let it sink deeply into our souls I think we would experience great joy and freedom.
There is a TV commercial for a laundry detergent that claims it can remove ten thousand and one stains. I can tell you definitively that the Blood of Jesus can remove ten million and one stains from our soul. Go to Him and He will purify you and wash away all the filth that has accumulated on your soul throughout your life. Let’s not be afraid; let’s not shrink back, instead let us run to Him and enjoy a life untainted.