Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Silver Dip

Ever seen an ad on TV for some sort of "Miracle Silver Dip" stuff that instantly cleans silver just by dipping it into a tank of solution? In goes an old tarnished piece, and in a moment, you remove it and the item looks as good as the day it was made.

I was pondering the forgiveness of sin, the forgiveness we have in Jesus. We have the tendency to feel that God can't use us after we sin, that we're on the bench for a few weeks unless God is really in a pinch and needs a fourth-string player to fill in for His normal retinue of heavy-hitters.

But just what is it that cleanses us from sin?

[1Jo 1:9 KJV] - "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."

Jesus cleanses us. Imagine yourself as that tarnished silver. You are dipped, not into a solution of saltwater and baking soda, but into the precious blood of Jesus Christ. Cleansed by His blood.

Now, if some saltwater and baking soda in a bucket with a sheet of aluminum foil on the bottom can clean silver (google it up, you'll save $ on cleaner), do you think the blood of Jesus takes a few weeks to kick in? Do you think the blood of Jesus needs to sit on there for a few hours before you scrub at it to get your sin scrubbed off? Does the blood of Jesus need elbow grease? Maybe your sin needs more than the blood of Jesus, maybe it needs the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser?

I think not.

If you have been cleansed by the blood of Jesus, I think it is a safe bet to say that you are instantly clean. Now, of course, should we continue to sin that grace may abound? God forbid! (Romans 6:1-2) But, dear Christian brother or sister, don't let Satan trick you into believing your sin cannot be forgiven, or that God is done using you, or that you're somehow on "time out" or unavailable for service. Don't look at your sin, look at Jesus!