Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. Isaiah 1:18 KJV
“Mmmm,” the housewife in the commercial said, inhaling deeply as she held a large bath towel to her nose. “My new detergent is amazing – my towels come out smelling so fresh and so clean!”
Ah, if only dealing with sin was as easy as washing a bath towel! If only, after we’ve stumbled and fallen, messed up after we’ve “turned up,” and otherwise made general fools of ourselves, we could throw a little detergent over our mistakes and keep it moving.
However, if you’ve lived any length of time, you know that’s only wishful thinking. We dress up our faults and failures with more palatable phrases such as, “I’m only human,” or “I have a temper like my Dad,” and “Sorry – that’s just the way I am.” We call sin “a mistake” in an effort to downplay bad or ungodly behavior. Though warned by the Apostle Paul against “comparing ourselves among ourselves in 2 Corinthians 10:12, many engage in this practice because, hey! It’s easier to feel better about wrongdoing when you can tell yourself, “At least I’m not as bad as So-and-So.”
When it’s all said and done, every single one of us must accept and affirm the truth of God’s word, which is that all have sinned and come short of God’s glory. In speaking of man’s natural inclination to depravity, Jeremiah asserts, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” (Jeremiah 17:9). We “need saving,” but we can’t save ourselves. The Apostle Paul lamented, “O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?” (Romans 7:24). What can be done?
Thanks be unto God, He provided a remedy! I’m reminded of the words from a song the old church mothers used to sing: “What can wash away my sins? Nothing but the blood of Jesus! What can make me whole again? Nothing but the blood of Jesus!” We are reassured by the words of Isaiah that though our sins be as scarlet, Jesus’ blood can wash us as white as snow. Not only does Christ’s blood wash away our sins, the Holy Ghost gives us power to resist the devil and submit to God.
As we grow and mature in the Lord, we become more experienced in “putting on the whole armor of God” (Ephesians 6:11). We’re better able to overcome the world, the flesh and the devil. As we enter Spring, the season of new things and new life, let’s celebrate the newness of life available only through Christ. The blood of Jesus makes us so fresh and so clean! Be Blessed.