There is a dirt and a filth that has attached itself to our very souls. We all know it.
We ask people everywhere in our travels, “How can people get their sins forgiven? How can we get our sin and shame washed away? How can we be made pure and clean – like the driven snow?”
We have been so blessed to travel to many states in the US and to quite a few countries in the world, particularly the Middle East.
Everywhere we go, we get into spiritual conversations with people. And everywhere we go, people have the same answers about how their sins can be removed. . .washed away. . .made totally clean. What do they say? The answers almost always fall in one of three categories.
Despair/Despondency/Hopelessness: “I can’t stop doing what is wrong.” “I have tried to keep God’s rules. I just can’t.” “I’ll never make it. I’ll never be good enough.” “I can never measure up to God’s glorious standard (perfection) to enter Heaven.”
Pride: “I’m not a bad person.” “I have done my best to be a good person.” “I have tried to keep the rules of my religion – prayer, fasting, etc.” “I am sure that my good deeds have outweighed my bad ones.” “How could God refuse me?”
Anxiety/Uncertainty: “I hope I have done enough, but I just don’t know.” “I guess I will have to wait until the end and see what happens.” “Inshallah – if God wills – I will be in Paradise after the Day of Judgment.”
The prophet, Isaiah, wrote these words that he heard from God about 700 years before Christ:
“‘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.'” (Isaiah 1:18)
God is saying in effect, “Let’s settle this matter about forgiveness once and for all. You can be forgiven of all your sins. Made white like the snow! You can have this forgiveness. Now. Here. You don’t have to hope you will go to Heaven/Paradise. You can know it!”
He tells us more here: “For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. Yet God, in his grace, freely makes us right in his sight. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins. For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin. People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed his life, shedding his blood.” (Romans 3:23-25)
That’s it, my friends.
Your clothes may be “colorfast” – dyed in colors that will not fade or be washed out – but your sins can be made “as white as snow.”
It’s a promise – from God Himself!
Now what will you do? Will you choose to believe?
Feb 5, 2021
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