Isaiah 1:18 – “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 as crimson, they shall be like wool” (NIV 1984).
My Musing – My mom has been saving comics for me for my Sunday “amusings.” She says this one reminds her of me when I was a little boy (although the picture on the right is my son Joel when he was a toddler). I used to play in the dirt hills in the fields behind our house and I would come in with enough dirt on me to pot a plant. I believe that sometimes she felt that no amount of soap and water could ever get me clean again.
But as the above verse states, there is another way to get dirty, and there is no amount of “soap and water” that can cleanse us from that kind of dirt (sin). And contrary to popular culture and opinion, there is no one way to get us clean enough to be presentable to a Holy God other than by faith in His Son – Jesus Christ.
Sometimes our sins are obvious. Other times, like the boy in the comic, we might think “where, mommy, where” is our sin? After all, compared to those that society might agree as “dirty” or evil, we look comparatively clean. But we are not. For society will not be our final judge and our comparison will be against God’s standard of “cleanliness,” which is His Son Jesus. That is the reason that Jesus is the only true path back to God.
Lest we think that is unfair of God, we must remember that we are the offending party. We sinned against Him. We turned our back on Him. We moved away from Him. As the offending party we do not get to set the terms of forgiveness and reconciliation. As the one who was offended, God does.
In a sense, as much of the world believes, that seems pretty darn exclusive. And yes, in a literal sense it is. When Jesus says that He is the only way (His words not mine), that is definitely excludes any other way. But that is not the end of the story. Jesus also said that all that are burdened by sin (and there is no one who is not), may come (He will not coerce us) to Him. He also said that anyone who comes (repent, believe and receive) to Him will in no wise be cast out (not be refused cleansing from our sin). And that is all we have to do. It is that simple.
My Advice – There was no sin so great that Jesus would not (did not) die for. Conversely, there is no sin so small that He did not have to die for (and He did). My advice is to accept His terms. They are free of charge, because He already paid the price. Check out my musings under “The Born Again Experience” category if you want to know more about how to get clean.