(Part 2 of 2)
“But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His son cleanses us from all sin.”-1 John 1:7
Pilate’s desperate act of washing his hands of Christ’s blood was both foolish and futile; for the same blood that sets us free will also judge us. God’s plan of redemption requires that we be washed by the blood of Christ, not cleansed from it.
The blood of Jesus flowed because of our sinfulness, our wickedness, and our unrighteousness. To wash ourselves of the blood is to declare that we are not in need of His cleansing power and that we have no part in him:
“After that, He poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel with which He was girded. Then He came to Simon Peter. And Peter said to Him, “Lord, are You washing my feet?” Jesus answered and said to him, “What I am doing you do not understand now, but you will know after this.” Peter said to Him, “You shall never wash my feet!” Jesus answered, “If I do not wash you, you have no part with Me.”-John 13:5-8.
So what does washing our hands of Christ look like today? We wash our hands of the blood of Christ each time we compromise our convictions, ignore God’s Word (truth), prefer our status over doing what is right, by making excuses for why other things are more important than our faith, by allowing sin to reign in our lives (sin that Jesus died to free us from), and by allowing ourselves to be more influenced by the culture than we are the Spirit of God.
When we wash our hands of Christ we are declaring that we have no need of a Savior, that our sin is more significant than His sacrifice, that our will is more important that God’s will, and that we are not part of Him!
At the end of the day we have a choice! We can either repent of our sins and be washed in the blood or we can wash our hands (attempting to free ourselves of the responsibility of Christ’s blood). His blood can either cleanse us or condemn us. I encourage you today to confess your sins to God, repent, and be cleansed by the precious blood of Jesus Christ.
Pastor Scott Burr
Dayspring Community Church