1 John 1:7
But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
One night recently sleep would not come, so I made my way into my study. I turned on a computer that I had not used for a year. When it finally came on, I started searching the files. I was pleasantly surprised to find pictures of our family there that I had forgotten were ever taken – or still existed. Some of those shots were OK, but others were rejects best forgotten. I thought about deleting them but changed my mind. After all, they are good records of the past, warts and all.
It made me remember that God has on his eternal computer the lives of us all. Some of those memories are quite grim. I think, for example, about the Apostle Paul. He had the death of the martyr Stephen on his files. But after his encounter with Christ on the road to Damascus, those files were permanently deleted. God’s record of the Apostle begins not at Jerusalem but Damascus! Small wonder that Paul testified that all the old things of life pass away when we come to Christ and all things become new. The powerful and cleansing blood of Jesus not only blots out the old records of our lives but totally eradicates them – to the point where God says that by an act of His sovereign will He cannot remember those stains on our record at all. I tell you, that’s a marvel of the new birth!
Recently I heard someone on TV say, “I’m a Christian, but not one of the born-again ones.” Well, thank God I am one of them! Truth is, I don’t know of any other kind of Christian. So – that old computer the other night made me very thankful for my memories of the new birth experience. Now I think I’ll just go ahead and delete those awful pictures. I think all my family members will feel better about it.
Prayer: O God, I am so thankful that my past is covered by the blood of Jesus! What a relief to know that there is nothing in our lives that cannot be eradicated because of His death on the cross. What can wash away my sins? Nothing but the blood of our Savior! To Him be all glory for such victory over sin! Amen.