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Washed in the Blood

Psalm 51:3 KJV – “For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me”

As I reached for the door handle of my truck, my eyes were drawn to a small burn on the back of my hand. I had been careless a few days before while reaching into the air fryer and scorched the skin. It wasn’t the first time I had noticed it in the days since. Being on my right hand, it was something I saw over and over when reaching out for something. I found it interesting, that even after several days, my eyes would still pick up the reddish splotch on my skin. A poor decision on my part had real lasting consequences.

We know from experience that sin is that way. Our weakness in a moment can cause lasting consequences. As I was pondering that, the verse above came to mind. The 51st chapter of Psalms is the well-known prayer of David as he seeks forgiveness for his sins regarding Bath-Sheba. He can’t forget what he has done and says that his sin is always before him. In other words, it was always present. This is what happens when we stumble in our walk. As much as we may try to tamp down the memory of our sins, the Spirit continually brings it to the forefront. While this isn’t easy to go through, it is beneficial to us in that it causes us to want to put it away.

Our God is so good in that he has provided a way for this to happen. His only Begotten Son shed his own blood on that center cross of Calvary. He grants us that faith to believe that this sin can be removed from us as far as the East is from the West. God has created our human bodies to do amazing things. One of those is the way they heal. Just as the blood in my hand that has flowed to the burn does so to help with healing, Christ’s blood has flowed over us and is the only way to heal the injury that sin causes. The separation from our Creator.

While my hand will heal, and I may have a mark or small scar to remind me of what happened, the wonderful aspect of Christ’s blood is that those sins are drowned in the sea of Grace and our Father remembers them no more. Oh, what a love! Let us thank and praise God for his unspeakable mercies towards us in Christ!

Hans Lampinen

Submitted by Pastor Stan

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