I heard an advertisement recently for a cleanup service that states they will clean up your mess, “Like it never even happened”. We’ve used them before and they do a pretty good job. But let’s look at another kind of mess that we ALL need cleaned up…SIN.
As we agonize over the death of Jesus during this Easter season then celebrate His resurrection, let us remember why He went through this. “But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.” (Isaiah 53:5). The word “healed” in the Hebrew means, make whole, repair, become fresh or purified. Think of the guilt we feel when we make a mistake and sin then realize that Jesus accepted on Himself the guilt and pain of all the sins of everybody who would ever live! He took our sins on Himself and suffered the consequences so we wouldn’t have to, so we could be “refreshed”.
But there is something we must do to take advantage of His sacrifice; when we sin, we have to ask for His forgiveness. And, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9). We admit we have sinned, go to Jesus and ask Him to repair us, clean us up, before we go in to see the Father. Now watch this: “Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. But now He has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in His sight, without blemish and free from accusation.” (Colossians 1:21-22). When Jesus forgives us, He presents us to God and God sees us as holy, pure, clean…like the sin never even happened! Oh, praise God! “I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more.” (Isaiah 43:25). God did this for us by sending His own Son to earth to die for us.
This Resurrection Sunday or anytime you read this, if you have ANY un-forgiven sin, confess it to Jesus and let Him present you to God and He won’t see any mess, you will be clean…like it never even happened!