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I am sure that some who read this message will remember good old lye soap.
As my mother would have said, “use the lye soap it makes a world of difference!”
Yes, it did work for it could wash away the dirtiest stain. Of course, there is something much more powerful than any soap. Over 700 years before Jesus was crucified Isaiah wrote these words; “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 as red as crimson, they shall be like wool.”
There are two different kinds of washing that are referred to in the Bible. There is the washing of hands, which is the outward washing. The Pharisees complained to Jesus that his disciples did not wash their hands before they ate. But, Jesus rebuked the Pharisees for having unclean hearts. You may follow all the rules about cleanliness but be very far from godliness for outside cleanliness does not lead to godliness. We all need spiritual washing which is what Isaiah wrote.
A couple of things to always remember: who you are and who Jesus is.
Who are you? The Bible teaches us that we are all sinners, even from our birth. Psalm 51:5a “Surely I was sinful at birth,” We must agree with Isaiah that our sins are like scarlet and red as crimson. We are sinners and we sin, for we all fall short of the Glory of God. It may be difficult to admit that you are a sinner. You may say, “I have made some mistakes in my life but I am not so bad that God will see that my good deeds out weight my mistakes.” That is not how it is with God for if we break one of his commandments we break them all. We must humbly admit we have sinned against God. We are lawbreakers. This means that we are condemned and under the wrath of a just and holy God whose eyes cannot look on sin. And we will all appear before his judgement seat one day. See 2 Corinthians 5:10.
Remember who Jesus is. He is the Son of God who became man. For to us a child is born to us a Son is given. For God so loved the world he gave his one and only son. Jesus came and lived and died on the cross to forgive sinners. They will call his name Jesus for he will save his people from their sins. Jesus is the one who bore the wrath of God for our sins. Jesus by his precious blood washed away all our sins and gives to us his own personal righteousness. For Jesus, who had no sin, became sin for us that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. The power of the blood of Jesus has washes us as white as snow. Jesus the Son of God was crucified and rose again on the third day. Because he lives we shall live also.
There is one more important thought. You must humbly acknowledge that you cannot save yourself. You must come by faith alone in Jesus Christ as the only one who can wash away all your sins. Come today and do not delay.
Are you washed in the blood of Jesus? It will make a world of difference in your life.
Do you know yourself to be a sinner and Jesus as your one and only Saviour?
Rev. James Murchison is with the Free Church (retired). A guest sermon runs regularly in Saturday’s Guardian and is provided through Christian Communications.