The Mr. Clean Magic Eraser certainly lives up to its name! It’s magic! Time and time again it will scrub away stains and marks that no other cleaning spray (that I’ve found) will remove. Recently we found permanent marker on our dining room table. We don’t always think of the Magic Eraser when we find a mess like that—for most of my life, permanent marker has meant permanent—but I took the Magic Eraser to that stain and with a little scrubbing it came right off. Now I don’t know if it was because the marker stain happened to be red and the Magic Eraser was white, but this particular time I was reminded of how Jesus took our sin and shame upon Himself and erased our sin and guilt.
“He personally carried our sins in his body on the cross so that we can be dead to sin and live for what is right. By his wounds you are healed.” (1 Peter 2:24)
“Our sins are washed away and we are made clean because Christ gave His own body as a gift to God. He did this once for all time.” (Hebrews 10:10)
“Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, ‘I will confess my transgressions to the Lord.’ And you forgave the guilt of my sin.” (Psalm 32:5)
“Come now, let’s settle this,” says the LORD. “Though your sins are like scarlet, I will make them as white as snow. Though they are red like crimson, I will make them as white as wool.” (Isaiah 1:18)
That magic eraser was not white when I was done scrubbing away the stain. It had taken on the red scribble, gone from white to dirty and stained in order to remove the stain from the table. Jesus left the perfection of Heaven and at the cross took our sin and shame upon Himself. He paid the debt of our sin to make us white as wool. Now, if the Magic Eraser metaphor is pushed too far it quickly falls apart—quite like a Magic Eraser when it is pushed too far—because Jesus did not remain stained with our sin and shame: He broke the power of death by defeating it Himself.
“Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures. He told them, ‘This is what is written: The Messiah will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and repentance for the forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.’” (Luke 24-45-47)
“Who then will condemn us? No one—for Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and he is sitting in the place of honor at God’s right hand, pleading for us.” (Romans 8:34)
Jesus is alive, pure and spotless, sitting at the right hand of the Father, interceding for us. It doesn’t matter what stains you have or how long they have been there because the power of the blood of Jesus can wash them all out. Come to Him, stained, red like crimson, and He will make you white as wool.
May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.