Revelation 7:14 “And I said to him, “Sir, you know.” So he said to me, “These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.”
Have you ever had an injury where you start bleeding and the blood spills all over your clothes? The blood stains are very difficult to remove in clothes, especially if it dries.
*Spiritually, there is a completely different effect when we are washed in the blood of Christ.
First off, we start in filth. Whether it is the effects of sin or our attempts at self-righteousness, we present ourselves before the Holy Lamb of God as stained.
Isaiah 64:6 “But we are all like an unclean thing, And all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags; We all fade as a leaf, And our iniquities, like the wind, Have taken us away.”
The world brings nothing clean out of it. It simply cannot produce righteousness. There is not one iota of purity that the world can produce, and those who are in the world are polluted by the scourge of its position.
The world is diametrically opposed to Christ. It’s ways are fraught with pride, self-indulgence, destruction, hatred, lust, and death. All the paths of the world lead down these paths of darkness and the further along a traveler progresses down those paths, the more destructive they become.
Like a meteor falling from the sky, the world strips away all that is good and burns up all that is righteous. If the traveler somehow makes it through the layers of pollution, all that is left is a stone, buried in the ground, hardened by years of suffering.
Matthew 8:1-3 “When He had come down from the mountain, great multitudes followed Him. And behold, a leper came and worshiped Him, saying, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean. “Then Jesus put out His hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing; be cleansed.”Immediately his leprosy was cleansed.”
We must first recognize our state.
If we maintain the illusion that we are clean simply by our own efforts, our self-righteousness prevents us from coming to Christ. Our perspective is shrouded by allowing the worlds standard of goodness to be the measure of our spiritual success. We might feel good about ourselves when the world exalts us for living by their standard of goodness, but in the end, we are left holding the bag of false hopes and empty dreams.
Do you want praise from the world or praise from God?
Secondly, we must approach the Lord and ask for Him to cleanse us.
The leper was self-aware of his disease. Many in this world of darkness can’t see the filth of their sin. They don’t understand the state of their position before a Just and Holy God. They give to a local foundation, rescue a stray animal, or take part in a charity fundraiser golf tournament and assume they are counted among the righteous.
Their righteousness is like used menstrual rags, that is the meaning of the rags in Isaiah 64……Defiled and abhorrent before God.
The response to the lepers question , “Lord if you are willing, you can make me clean”, was the response we can all expect when we ask Jesus if He would heal us.
Isaiah 1:18 “Come now, and 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 be as wool.”
The purification from sin was perfected by Christ on the cross. He blots out our sins for His own names sake, not because of anything we deserve. His mercy shown is a reflection of His glory and His goodness.
In the final judgement, it is this reality of being washed white as snow that makes us acceptable before the Father.
The white represents purity, the purity of the Son who bestowed His grace upon us. The sinless sacrifice offered upon the cross and made available to any who would ask…”Lord if you are willing, you can make me clean”
The Lord says….”I Am willing.”