Some Pharisees and teachers of the law challenged Jesus about why his disciples were eating with “unclean” hands, not doing the ceremonial washing before a meal. Jesus needed to set them straight on what really makes a person “unclean” before God…and it has nothing to do with soap and water.
(Commercial break: for physical health and protection against disease, including the Swine Flu, Yes! Wash your hands—often and well!)
Now, back to the real killer disease: sin.
Jesus called the crowd to him and said, “Listen to me, everyone, and understand this. Nothing outside a man can make him ‘unclean’ by going into him. Rather, it is what comes out of a man that makes him ‘unclean’…For from within, out of men’s hearts, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly. All these evils come from inside and make a man ‘unclean.'” Mark 7:14-15, 21-23
Sin—which comes from within us, threatens, infects, hurts all relationships to some extent and kills every single one of us—is the true pandemic of this world that we must be vigilant to turn from…and humble enough to accept our only hope for cure: the blood sacrifice of our Lord Jesus Christ who took our place in death, so that we might be given His pure life through the power of His resurrection!
God made him [Jesus] who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. 2 Corinthians 5:21
That is clean. That is protected. That is salvation.
To have Jesus as our Savior and Lord is the very power of God that conquers sin and death…the very power of God to heal, free and transform our lives!
Is it time for you to invite Jesus to be your Savior? He is here for you. He loves you unfailingly.
If you want Jesus as your Savior, pray…talk to Him about these things: Admit to Jesus that you need Him…that you need His forgiveness…that you need to trust in His death and in His blood poured out on the cross to be the payment for your sin debt before our Holy God. Invite Jesus to be your Savior. Accept the loving, faithful promise of His salvation and the gift of eternal life with Him in Heaven. And THANK HIM! You are His child!
If you have prayed to ask Jesus to be your Savior: Happy Birthday! You are born anew into the Kingdom of God! Tell someone about your decision. And get yourself into a good Bible teaching church. You can email us…and we will lift you in prayer and celebrate with you!
In love, peace and purposeful passion, Sylane