Monday, June 1, 2015

Wearing White - June 1, 2015

Isaiah 1:18-20(New International Version)
18 “Come now, let us settle the matter,”
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.

19 If you are willing and obedient,
you will eat the good things of the land;
20 but if you resist and rebel,
you will be devoured by the sword.”

For the mouth of the LORD has spoken.

Revelation 7:13-14(New King James Version)
13 Then one of the elders answered, saying to me, “Who are these arrayed in white robes, and where did they come from?”

14 And I said to him, “Sir, you know.”
So he said to me, “These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

I think all of us can identify with the meaning of these verses. All of us have felt the guilt and shame of our wrongdoing, and at times it even makes us feel dirty. How many of us had difficulty committing to follow Jesus Christ, because we felt unworthy? How many of us were so weighed down by the dirt of our sin, that we longed to be cleaned? It is said that we have been stained with our corruption; what does it take for us to be cleaned up?

The good news is that God has provided us the way; through the blood of Jesus shed on the cross, the sin that has turned us scarlet can be washed away to where we are "white as snow". Though we are stained crimson with because of our sin and disobedience, we can be made "white as wool". Only through the purifying blood of Jesus can we truly be clean. Only through Jesus can we br free of the burden and weight of our sins, past, present and future.

Only with Jesus can we be washed white, holy and pure in God's sight. If you have not accepted the cleansing that God offers, won't you do that today? God wants you to "eat of the good things of the land". He wants you to share in the inheritance that He has waiting for eternity. He wants you to be wearing white.

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