“Forgiveness – Does the blood of Jesus wash away sin or not”
Ephesians 1:3, 7, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: . . . . . In whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace;”
Seeing Jesus hanging on the cross and seeing blood pour from His head, His hands, His feet, and His side is not an attractive sight, but we often hang a picture depicting His crucifixion on our walls. Why would we display such a dismal scene? We do this because the message to us is clear — by His stripes we are healed — healed from the ravages of sin. It was through the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ and the shedding of His blood that we have received forgiveness of sin and the gift of eternal life. In the following story, “His Mercy Rewrote My Life,” by an anonymous author, I was struck by the question posed — “Does the blood of Jesus wash away sin or not?”
One night in a church service a young woman felt the tug of God at her heart. She responded to God's call and accepted Jesus as her Lord and Savior. The young woman had a very rough past, involving alcohol, drugs, and prostitution. But, the change in her life was evident.
As time went on she became a faithful member of the church. She eventually became involved in the
ministry of teaching young children. It was not very long until this faithful young woman had caught the eye and heart of the pastor's son. Their relationship grew and they began to make wedding plans. This is when the problems began. You see, about one half of the church did not think that a woman with a past such as hers was a suitable wife for a pastor's son.
The church began to argue and fight about the matter. So they decided to have a meeting. As the people made their arguments and tensions increased, the meeting was getting completely out of hand. The young woman became very upset about all the things being brought up about her past. As she began to cry, the pastor's son stood. He could not bear the pain it was causing his wife to be. He began to speak and his
statement was this:
"My fiancée's past is not what is on trial here. What you are questioning is the ability of the Blood of Jesus to wash away sin. Today you have put the blood of Jesus on trial. So, does it wash away sin or not?"
The whole church began to weep as they realized that they had been slandering the blood of the Lord
Too often, even Christians bring up the past and use it as a weapon against their brothers and sisters. Forgiveness is a very foundational part of the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. If the blood of Jesus does not cleanse the other person completely, then it cannot cleanse us completely. If that is the case, then we all are in a lot of trouble.
We are living in a day and age when forgiveness is needed more than ever. It seems all people want to do is to bring up the past transgressions and mistakes of others. If we ever want to live in peace and harmony, we must forgive and forget past mistakes and move on to a better and brighter future. As God forgave us – so let us forgive others. (Eph. 4:32)
As we celebrate Easter this year, let us never forget what it cost God for our sins to be forgiven. The cost for our sins was paid in blood — the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ. The blood was sufficient then. The blood is sufficient now. The blood will always be sufficient. The blood will never lose its power!
As Charles Meigs wrote in a poem sometime between 1890 and 1902, “Others, Lord, yes others, Let this my motto be; Help me to live for others, That I may live like Thee.” Jesus lived and died loving and forgiving others. May we learn to do the same.
Working Together in His Service,
Roy Pr. 3:5-6