“…Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world” (John 1:29)
Life is full of parables; each designed to bring understanding in a simple and digestible way. Take for instance the day I went to straighten the couch cushion when I noticed a pen underneath it. When I went to remove the pen to my horror (the couch was brand new) I discovered the ink had run out and there was a huge spot of black ink on the cushion bleeding through all layers. I frantically went in search of some fabric cleaner and started not just to spray, which is what the instructions said, and began to spray and scrub like crazy. The more I scrubbed the larger the spot became, I removed the covers went to the kitchen and continued to scrub the cover.
About that time my husband came in and calmly suggested that I rinse the cover under the water. I did so and to my amazement the spot came out. The only real damage to the cover was the scrubbing I had done. It obviously was a water-soluble pen!
What’s the message? So many times our striving to depend upon Him is an attempt to ‘do it right’. What would happen if we ‘do it wrong’? As we turn to Him this morning’s light provides the same Grace and Mercy that was given at Calvary and according to Titus it was and is… “not by works of righteousness which we have done but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit.” (Titus 3:5) He would still accept and cleanse us. “The Redemption means that God has done His ‘bit’; men are not going to be redeemed, they are redeemed. “It is finished,” said Jesus on the Cross.” (Oswald Chambers)
“Behold the Lamb that Takes away the sin of the world” not in part, but the whole. This is a finished work, what work? Well consider for a moment the words… takes away! Meaning it is gone, even for those that know it not! There’s nothing else anyone can do but, know Him and let Him be known! Jesus has paid it all, all to Him I owe, sin had left a crimson stain He washed it white as snow. Oh what JOY when we take to ourselves the One who took the place of that which was …taken away. That means it’s out of reach so stop striving and start resting.
Today call to mind the finished work of redemption, reach out to Him and Praise His Holy Name!
Further Readings: John 1; Titus 3