The blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkled on those who are ceremonially unclean sanctify them so that they are outwardly clean. How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death,[a] so that we may serve the living God! Hebrews 9:13-14 NIV
For high school graduation, a relative gave me a laundry bag. A practical, if unimaginative gift. It said, “Hi, Mom. I’m Home.” During my college years I wore out that bag and a couple of baskets! Every time I planned to go back home to visit my parents, I saved up as much dirty laundry as I could. Then hauled it many highway miles with me. In fact, I saved my dirty clothes for so long that I never had any clean ones to pack for the trip! I wore straight out of the dryer for the entire visit.
My mom didn’t do the laundry for me (she wouldn’t if I’d asked anyway). I happily washed and folded my own clothes there because Mom’s machines required no quarters. And at Mom’s house I didn’t have to worry that my jeans might get stolen from an unattended machine. Totally happened to my Rocky Mountains (Anyone else remember those?).
When my sister and I came home on the same weekend or for the holidays, that washer and dryer ran around the clock. We made sure to clean every shirt and pair of socks we owned while there. After which we hauled everything back to school to hang in our closets – sparkling clean and pressed.
Do you know what dirty laundry we never have to carry around? That which we perpetrated in our own lives. The blood of Jesus washes us cleaner than any detergent could.
…let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. Hebrews 10:22 NIV
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