Last night I cleaned my makeup brushes for the first time in a long time. They’re old and well worn, blush-stained with broken bristles, but they work so I haven’t seen a need to purchase new ones.
As I gently cleaned each one, I marveled—as I always do when performing this exercise—at the amount of makeup that rinsed out of them. Rinsing out the blush is especially noticeable, as the water turns pink against the white porcelain sink. Struck by this image, I could not help but think of the promises of God delivered to us by the prophet Isaiah:
Come now, let us reason together, says the LORD: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.Isaiah 1:18
As the blush stains my bedraggled makeup brush, how much more does sin stain me? And yet, unlike that brush, we who have been brought near by the blood of Christ—who have been saved by grace—have been cleansed one time for all time, and freed from receiving what we deserve for our sins, past, present, and future. Never to be perfect this side of glory, we know that the precious blood of our Savior has nevertheless purchased for us redemption so that we might stand justified before our great God, clothed in the righteousness of Christ.
But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.1 John 1:7
but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life. More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.Romans 5:8-11
What marvelous, glorious thoughts these are to reflect on as we approach the somber remembrance of Good Friday and the exuberant celebration of Christ’s resurrection on Sunday!
May our thoughts turn this day to Christ, His sacrifice, and His victorious resurrection. May we praise Him for the cleansing power of His blood and never lose sight of the greatness of His mercy and grace.
I pray you have a joyful Easter celebration this weekend. Before you get started, though, why not first spend some time enjoying your week in review (kind of):
- The last of the Doolittle Raiders passed away last week.
- The San Diego Zoo won’t be the same without the giant pandas!
- I am already looking forward to this!
- Is it well with your soul?
- How can we know God?
- Here’s your weekly dose of adorable.
- No doubt you heard about the burning of the Notre Dame cathedral.
- Yeah, I’m not a fan of beards…
- I always enjoy Simonetta Carr’s short biographies.
- To be clear, this is inappropriate for any audience, not just students.
- The article linked in this post is worth a read.
- Words you should know.
The spiritual life is lived between two polarities: our sin and God’s grace. The discovery of the former brings us to seek the latter; the work of the latter illuminates the depths of the former and causes us to seek yet more grace… The heart-conviction of sin is the way grace prepares the heart for more grace.Sinclair Ferguson