At The Cross

Come now, let’s settle this,” says the LORD. “Though your sins are like scarlet, I will make them as white as snow. Though they are red like crimson, I will make them as white as wool.               Isaiah 1:18 NLT

There is a scene in the movie Ben Hur that I will never forget. This once, Hollywood got it right. It is raining, and Jesus is hanging on the cross; the soldier stabs him in the side with his spear; the blood comes rushing out, streaming down his legs, down the cross and onto the ground. There it stains a trickle of water; that stained trickle joins a larger trickle which it stains in turn; that larger trickle flows into a brook that is stained, and so on into larger and larger streams. We the viewers are left to imagine all the oceans of the world stained red.

So it is. Since that day 2000 years ago, the very blood of God has flowed to every part of the world, from the top of Everest to the bottom of the Marianas Trench, from the North Pole to the South, from one side of the International Date Line back around to the other side again. “Oh, the blood of Jesus, oh, the blood of Jesus. It washes white as snow!”

Lady Macbeth looked at her hands, perfectly clean, but in her mind dripping with Duncan’s blood, and screamed, “Out, damned spot!” But then she says that nothing can ever make those hands clean again. But she was wrong! In the theater, if you want to make a red surface white, you put a red lens over a light and shine it on that surface. It will appear white. So it is with the blood of God. Only here, it is not mere appearance. Pour that blood over the crimsoned surface of our lives, and “I will make them as white as wool.” Do you know that, really know it? It’s true, true for you! Oh, the blood of Jesus!

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