“Grace Greater Than All Our Sin”

The mother of one of my best friends growing up loved to tell a particular story about him. One day as he was going out to play she warned him not to get his pants dirty. He was wearing a new pair of white jeans. Quickly forgetting his mother’s words he proceeded to get into a game of football. When the dust had settled fear gripped his body. He looked down and both knees were grungy green and brown. Days and weeks passed and his mother had not seen those white jeans since day one. Finally when she was cleaning out his room she pulled a crumple of clothes out from under his bed. Amongst the pile was the pair of jeans, wrinkled, dirty…and with the knees cut out of them with a pair of scissors. She always laughed when she told that story.

         I wonder if you and I amuse God at our attempts of fixing the messes we make in and of our lives. We’ve all got our dirty laundry: our secrets, our fears and our failures. And most of us have tried, metaphorically speaking, taking a pair of scissors to “fix things”. But our lying, denying, blame-shifting and destroying the evidence won’t make the problem go away. Because the stain is deep, dark and embedded, not on our clothes but on our souls.

         The Bible says in Ephesians 1:7, “In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace.” And in Acts 22:16 “And now why do you delay? Arise, and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on his name.” The song says, “Dark is the stain that we cannot hide, What can avail to wash it away? Look! There is flowing a crimson tide, Whiter than snow you may be today.” The sin on our souls can only be washed away by the blood of Jesus when we do what he tells us to. All other attempts are scissors on grass stains.

Brad Fry

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