Cleanse Me

IMG_4949“Come now, let us reason together, says the LORD: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool. (Isaiah 1:18)

Crimson is a color of a deep-red permanent dye, and its deep stain is virtually impossible to remove from clothing. The bloodstained hands of the murderers are apparently the focus here:

When you lift your hands up in prayer, I will not look. Though you offer many prayers, I will not listen, for your hands are covered with the blood of innocent victims. (Isaiah 1:15)

See how Jerusalem, once so faithful, has become a prostitute. Once the home of justice and righteousness, she is now filled with murderers. (Isaiah 1:21). 

Like the crimson dye, the stains of sin seems equally permanent, but we are not to fear, God can remove sin’s stain from our life as he promised to do for the Israelites. We don’t have to go through life permanently stained. God’s Word assures us that if we are willing, place our faith in Christ’ provision on the cross, his resurrection from the dead, which paid the debt, our debt, once and for all, he will forgive and remove the stain, our sin. Psalm 51:1-7 says:

Have mercy on me, O God,
according to your steadfast love;
according to your abundant mercy
blot out my transgressions.
Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity,
and cleanse me from my sin!
For I know my transgressions,
and my sin is ever before me.
Against you, you only, have I sinned
and done what is evil in your sight,
so that you may be justified in your words
and blameless in your judgment.
Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity,
and in sin did my mother conceive me.
Behold, you delight in truth in the inward being,
and you teach me wisdom in the secret heart.
Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean;
wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.

God in his unconditional love has given us a will to choose, though he pursues us, he will not force you, will you ask him to cleanse you today?  

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 6:23)

But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith that we proclaim); because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. (Romans 10:8-10)

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