If we walk in the light 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. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. 1 John 1:7,9; 2:1-2
If you asked 100 people what they think our biggest problem is, you might get quite a broad range of answers. Some might say something about politics, others about countries who want to attack, others may talk about the environment. God tells us in the Bible that our biggest problem is sin. When Adam fell in the Garden of Eden, we fell, separating us from God and alienating us from Him, ourselves, others and nature.
God sent Jesus as a perfect sin offering to save us from the His wrath and the penalty of sin. This is the heart of the Gospel, the good news of salvation because of Jesus. When we repent of our sins, asking God to forgive us and to give us a new heart, we receive the righteousness of Christ. When God looks at us, He sees Jesus.
But after this glorious transformation, we still sin. We still need the blood of Jesus to cleanse us of the guilty stain that sin leaves so that we can stand clean before God. The good news of our verses for today is that God is faithful and just to forgive our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness–if we confess our sins. It doesn’t just happen automatically. We can’t just do things that are offensive to God and everything to be okay because “it’s all under the blood.” It is all under Jesus’ blood once you confess that sin and turn from it.
The other error that we might be prone to is to fall apart because of our sin. It’s like falling down and not getting up again. The good news is that “as far as the east is from the west, so far does He remove our transgressions from us,” as Psalm 103:12 declares. He wants us to come and repair our broken relationship with Him, the sooner the better. There is no sin too dark or too big that God can’t or won’t forgive.
When we sin, we have a defense attorney–Jesus Christ the righteous one. Picture a courtroom scene. When the judge asks “How do you plead?” We say, “Guilty.” The Judge delivers his sentence and then offers for his Son to pay it for us. Though that would be preposterous in real life, that is exactly what happens when we confess our sin. Jesus, our advocate, stands in our place.
This is made possible by the blood of Jesus. Throughout the Bible, from the very beginning, blood had to be shed. In the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve covered themselves with fig leaves after they sinned. God stepped in and covered them with animal skins. In doing so, blood had to be shed. All of the way through the Old Testament, the people brought animal sacrifices and their blood spilled out on the altar to show that their sin was covered by blood. It was a down payment until Jesus came and shed His blood once and for all on the cross.
There is power in the blood of Jesus. In Revelation 12:10-11 it says that the accuser of our brothers and sisters has been thrown down, who accuses them day and night before our God. And they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony… Satan accuses us day and night, trying to get us to wallow in guilt and shame. But if we stand in the blood of the Lamb, bringing those sins that Satan is accusing us of to God and confessing them, then Satan has no dirt to dig up on us.
If Satan is badgering you about certain events and sins of the past, confess them to God out loud, announcing to yourself, to God and to Satan that the debt is paid. If there is something you need to do to make something right, do it. Then you can stand free before God and before everyone else.
Finally, Satan wants to steal, kill and destroy (John 10:10). He will use any open door to torment and to taunt us. If you have been abused or wounded in spirit, that puts a hole in your heart that Satan can use to mess with you. Perhaps you have held bitterness against the offender, against yourself or against God. Bring that incident, or string of incidents, to God in prayer, asking Him to cover those holes by the blood of Jesus. He will set you free from that bondage and from the torments of Satan.
In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our tresspasses, according to the riches of His grace, which He lavished upon us. Ephesians 1:7-8
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