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January 22, 2020

The Promise of Redemption – Day 17 of 21 Promises

“‘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)

God wants to settle the differences between you and Him. He longs to rescue us, redeem us, and restore our lives! He knows the sin that has separated us from Him and stained our lives. You don’t have to live with that stain anymore! Your conscience can be clean again! No more guilt or shame to nag you day after day. The prophet, Isaiah, was given this promise from the Lord – and it works today!

“Crimson was the color of a deep-red permanent dye, and its deep stain was virtually impossible to remove from clothing. The stain of sin seems equally permanent, but God can remove sin’s stain from our life as He promised to do for the Israelites.  We don’t have to go through life permanently soiled.” (Life Application Bible notes)

That’s the good news of the Gospel! Gospel means “good news”! Christ came to offer His life to pay the penalty for our sins. This is the promise of redemption! It demonstrates how much God loves you and me! If you’ve ever questioned your value, God says, “You are so valuable that you’re worth dying for!” The Bible puts it like this in Ephesians 1:7-8 (NIV): “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that He lavished on us….”

Because of the cross, Jesus can forgive and remove our most indelible stains! David had such a blot on his life! After his adultery with Bathsheba and the murder of her husband, David attempted to cover up his sin. He tried to hide the stain. Soon, his sin was exposed! In brokenness he cried out to God, Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.” Psalm 51:2 (NIV)

What about you? Would you like to settle the account of your sin with God? You can! You can experience the promise of redemption!  The Bible says, … the blood sacrifice of Jesus, God’s Son, washes away every sin and makes us clean.” 1 John 1:7 (ETRV)

No other cleansing agent will work to remove the stains of sin in our lives and set us free from a guilty conscience. No medication, no therapy. In Jeremiah, the Bible says,

“No amount of soap or lye can make you clean.  I still see the stain of your guilt. I, the Sovereign LORD, have spoken!” Jeremiah 2:22 (NLT) 

Real cleansing comes when we confess our sins to God. The Bible says, … if we confess our sins to Him, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.”  We just need to come to Him, acknowledge our sin and let Him make us white as snow!