The coal mining region where I grow up was dotted with coal yards. One day a crowd gathered in one of these storage areas to watch a rather humorous spectacle. A duckling was taking a bath in a basin. He bobbed his head and body into the water over and over. As he did, he was getting dirtier and dirtier because the water was full of coal dust. Finally, he overturned the basin and scampered a woodpile, black from all his efforts.
It may be funny when a duckling tries to wash with dirty water. But when a person tires to wash his sins, the result is tragic. God has provided His own cleansing method for sin, but many try to substitute the water of their own works. Through religious activities, these people go through the motions of spiritual bathing, only to find that even their very best deeds cannot make them presentable to God. The stain of sin is not removed.
Where can sin-defiled men and women find cleansing? In the blood of Jesus Christ, who died on the cross for all sin. To try some other way – to depend on works or moral behavior – is like washing in the coal yard’s wash basin. By faith, accept the cleansing that God has provided through the death of His Son. It’s the only way to get really clean. – Paul R. Van Gorder
Lay aside the garments that are stained with sin
And be washed in the blood of the Lamb;
There’s a fountain flowing for the soul unclean,
Oh, be washed in the blood of the Lamb. – Hoffman
We try to “whitewash” sin, but only Jesus’ blood can wash it white.
- November 29, 1990, Our Daily Bread