“And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled himself and became obedient to death–even death on a cross!” (Philippians 2:8)
Does the magnitude of what God did for us, through the death of His only Son on the cross at Calvary, sometimes seem hard to grasp? Are there times when we forget just how big the sacrifice, and how life changing it was for us?
I remember hearing the following description of how our sins were totally washed away by what happened that day.
Imagine being the first person to walk on the beach early in the morning, when the sand appears untouched–smooth and clean.
In the course of a day on that beach, many things can happen. There might be tiny piles of sand left on the surface, showing where crabs have run across or burrowed into the sand; there could be sand castles, maybe with moats around them, or other holes dug by children who played there; there will be footprints left on the sand–eople, dogs, birds; and in some cases, there may even have been excavations made by heavy machinery for some reason.
So the sand looks very different at the end of the day.
As the tides change and the waves come crashing in on the beach, all of these marks are washed away by the water. The footprints, castles and holes, all gone and the beach smooth and clean again.
How like the way Jesus on the cross, washed away our sins–the tiny, the small and the huge sins–all are washed away and we are cleansed. Given a fresh start because He paid the price for us.
Although Easter has past, we can still remind ourselves on a regular basis of the sacrifice made for us, Jesus dying for our sins–those already committed and those still to come. All are gone–wiped away. In 1 John 2:2 Jesus is described as “the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.”
Prayer: Father, may we be newly aware of all that Jesus’ death at Calvary means to us. Thank You for loving us so much, for caring enough to make a plan for us to be cleansed and given a fresh start in You. Amen.
“How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!” (1 John 3:1)
About the Author
Fiona Burrows lives in Melbourne, Australia and prays that this Easter, you may be drawn closer to the One who changed everything that day at Calvary. She is thankful that God is teaching her new things as she learns to live with chronic back pain. You can contact her in the Sunroom.
When you consider this beach scene, how does it make you feel to visualize every sin being washed away, every. . . single. . . day? When was the last time you really spoke to God and said thank you for all He has given you, including the freedom from living with those sins?
Rebecca St. James sings “Forgive Me” in this video. Take a couple minutes to watch it and use her lyrics as your own prayer. I know I am guilty of sometimes speeding up my prayers when I ask for forgiveness and it can become more of a formality than a plea and prayer. I hope this encourages you. -Lisa