When I was a youngster and would get a cut or scrape, I remember my mother saying, “Let it bleed and it will clean itself out.” Blood cleans a wound. When it comes to the wound of sin, only Christ’s blood can wash and heal. His faithfulness in presenting Himself as a sacrifice means that sin’s corruption need not overtake our souls and drag us down to hell.
“In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace” (Ephesians 1:7). The blood of Christ was the atoning sacrifice that provided forgiveness of sins to all who will believe. God forgives believers on the basis of the sacrifice of Christ upon the cross. “How much more shall the blood of Christ . . . purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?” (Hebrews 9:14). “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin” (1 John 1:7). The present tense verb cleanseth promises constant cleansing through the blood of Christ. John refers to Jesus Christ the faithful witness, and prays, “Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, . . . to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen” (Revelation 1:5–6).
GOLDEN THOUGHT: The blood of Christ cleanses us.
[Excerpt adapted from Wonderful Words by Stewart Custer (January 13 reading).]