“The blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies (cleanses) us from all sin.” – 1 John 1:7b

 

The bible makes it so clear that we’re all sinners. We’re all cut from the same piece of cloth, and that piece of cloth is very dirty. Does this offend you? I hope not because it’s the truth. Even those actions that we think are good in God’s sight are still tainted with sin. Isaiah 64:6 makes this clear: All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags. The rags referred to in this verse are the cloths used by a woman during her period, a time when she is “unclean.” The prophet Jeremiah makes this statement about the human heart: The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know (understand) it (Jeremiah 17:9)?

Well, I think you get the point. So, what’s the remedy? Jesus is the remedy! Not human effort! Not religious striving! Not trying to be a better person! Our only hope for our desperate condition is Jesus’ blood. That is what the entire Old Testament is about. The shedding of the blood of all the perfect, innocent lambs that were slaughtered every year on the Day of Atonement were pointing to another Lamb who would come one day to be the perfect sacrifice for the sins of the world. Isaiah prophesied hundreds of years before the birth of Christ that this coming Savior would be pierced for our transgressions, he [would be] crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace [would be] upon him, and by his wounds we [would be] healed. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all (Isaiah 53:5-6). When Jesus shed his blood on the cross, he made the final and only sufficient payment for our sins, and God the Father was pleased and accepted that payment. Hebrews 9:22 states, Without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness. Charles Spurgeon writes,

The moment a sinner trusts Jesus he is fully forgiven…Notice the completeness of the cleansing, ‘The blood of Jesus Christ His son cleanseth us from all sin’—not only from sin, but ‘from all sin.’…The blood of Jesus Christ is as blessed and divine a payment for the transgression of blaspheming Peter as for the shortcomings of loving John; our iniquity is gone, all gone at once, and all gone forever. Blessed completeness! What a sweet theme to dwell upon as one gives himself to sleep. [i]

William Cowper was born in 1731, the fourth child of a British minister. As a child he experienced great difficulties. Three of his siblings died. While his mother was giving birth to a fifth child, she died. William was just six years old at the time. Emotionally frail, he was sent away to boarding school where he experienced bullying which led to great anxiety and depression. Later, he was sent to an asylum under the care of Dr. Nathaniel Cotton, a committed Christian. While in the asylum, the Lord saved him while he was reading Romans 3:25, God presented him as a sacrifice of atonement through faith in his blood. He now had a spiritual foundation upon which to stand. From his experience he wrote the great hymn There is a Fountain:

There is a fountain filled with blood
Drawn from Immanuel’s veins
And sinners plunged beneath that flood,
Lose all their guilty stains. [ii]

[i] Charles Spurgeon, Morning/Evening Daily Readings by C.H. Spurgeon (Geanie House, Fearn, Ross-Shire, Scotland: Christian Focus Publications, 2012), 431.
[ii] Robert J. Morgan, Then Sings My Soul (Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 2003), 69.