I hate it when I’m ironing something and discover a stain on it. Something that you thought was clean as it comes off the washing line, turns out not to be, and you have to start the whole washing process over again.
If only there were something absolutely fool-proof for removing stains…
11 Christ came as the high priest of the good things that are now here. He also went into a much better tent that wasn’t made by humans and that doesn’t belong to this world. 12 Then Christ went once for all into the most holy place and freed us from sin forever. He did this by offering his own blood instead of the blood of goats and bulls.
13 According to the Law of Moses, those people who become unclean are not fit to worship God. Yet they will be considered clean, if they are sprinkled with the blood of goats and bulls and with the ashes of a sacrificed calf. 14 But Christ was sinless, and he offered himself as an eternal and spiritual sacrifice to God. That’s why his blood is much more powerful and makes our consciences clear. Now we can serve the living God and no longer do things that lead to death.
‘Sin’ is a strange word. It has all kinds of “Hell fire and damnation” connotations. People have been threatened with what will happen to them if they do “it”, and it can be seen as a very unhelpful concept.
But the reality of life is, sadly, that none of us is perfect. I’m sorry to break that to you. But there are things that all of us get wrong
- things we do that would be better not done
- things we should do that we don’t
these things make life less than perfect for all of us.
The problem can be, as we realise the truth in this – and in our lives, what can we do?
Do we despair?
Do we try to compensate?
Are we to make amends?
The bad news is we can’t – the good news is, we don’t have to.
This passage reminds us again that though there will be things we have got wrong, Jesus has done all that is needed to make sure that those things are no longer a blot on our lives. Yes there are stains in our lives, blots in our copybook, but Jesus takes them away – and more importantly their effects. He can stand before God blameless, and he does so on our behalf – so we can be clean again, if we allow him to make us so.
I come to you,
knowing full well
that there are things in my life that I have got wrong.
I come before you now,
and allow you to make me clean