Washed In The Blood
“And Moses took the anointing oil, and anointed the tabernacle and all that was therein, and sanctified them. And he sprinkled thereof upon the altar seven times, and anointed the altar and all his vessels (its utensils), both the laver and his foot (its base), to sanctify them. And he poured of the anointing oil upon Aaron's head, and anointed him, to sanctify him.” Leviticus 8:10-12
I remember the times our family went camping in the summer, and it was a treat to get out of the heat. My parents were well versed in the art of camping and they made the campsite feel like home. The first day was spent setting up camp which included the tents, finding water, and getting wood for the fire. The food menu was set, and my mom made sure we ate well as she cooked up quite the meals while we are at the campsite. Although we slept in tents, it did not feel like we were roughing it. Even still, we were for sure missing an element from home.
Although we were able to obtain mountain spring water for our drinking water, it was not enough for us to shower in. My mom was accustomed to taking a shower daily, and I know she cannot sleep until she gets a shower. I am not sure how she tolerated the several days we spent camping, but I am sure she eventually found some sleep. I was okay going a few days without a shower, but at the end of the week I had an entourage of flies following me around.
We were happy to make a trip to the creek everyday, and I don’t know how the water stayed crystal clear after our daily dips. I had a dirt line that went around my neck, and another line that went all the way down to my ankle. Although I loved camping, I loved to go home and take a warm shower to rid myself of the filth that had accumulated on my body. When I went under the water flow, the water below me turned brown. It felt so good to wash away the grime, and I would oftentimes scrub twice just to make sure I was clean. I cannot describe the feeling of getting a good shower after a week of camping, and my newly-cleaned skin squeaked as I dried off.
Although the post-camping shower felt amazing, it was nothing like what I felt the day I was born again. 2 Corinthians 5:17 states, "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature (creation): old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new." Old things are new because you are washed in the precious blood of the Lamb. The stain of sin is washed away, and the burden of sin is taken away. The spiritual tub is filled with the blackness of our sin as we are washed white as snow. Aaron used the blood of animals to offer up atonement for the sins of the Israelites, but we have the perfect sacrifice in Jesus Christ. He is able to justify and sanctify us and truly change the life of the one who puts their trust in Him.
What are you depending on today? Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb? Have you been justified by the blood of the Savior Jesus Christ? How about you Christian? Are you being sanctified or have you reverted back to the old man? Does the world hold your desires or do you desire to walk in the way God has called you to? May we never forget the day of our spiritual washing, and may we desire to get clean as soon as we get dirty with the sins of this world. 1 John 1:9 states, "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." May we never forget that God will forgive us and wash us clean if we will humble ourselves and ask for forgiveness.
Stay in the fight!