I spill things. I drop things. Sometimes my pen inks up my clothing. It happens frequently enough that I carry a stain remover stick in my purse. I usually buy the 3 pack because I go through them so quickly. It used to bother me, but now I just work around it. Thank goodness for my stain remover stick.
There are other confessions in my life due to stains. I’ve screwed up and made some bad mistakes. I’ve caused relationship train wrecks. I’ve hurt myself and hurt others in the process. Those required a bigger stain remover stick. They were too big for good ole’ Mr. Clean. It took a God-size, supernatural ingredient to get those stains out. The heart of God made incarnate, the blood of a perfect, heaven-sent Savior to wash my stains away.
This week we are in the midst of the Easter season. A time when the Christian world remembers the shed blood of our Savior. It truly is amazing that the blood shed that day covered all my sin stains, all your sin stains, even the ones that haven’t happened yet. Jesus fulfilled His main purpose with each drop of His blood shed that day. He became the ultimate Stain Remover.
So, picture this: We are hanging out enjoying some chips and cheese dip, tacos and chalupas together. We talk and laugh and nosh on our food. Suddenly that little drip of cheese falls off your chip onto your shirt. BAM. It’s there and there’s no hiding it. Out comes the stain remover stick to wash up that stain and set you looking fabulous again. What are you going to do? Say “No thanks. I’ll just sit here looking all cheesy.” That would be silly. The remedy is being handed to you free of charge. You’ll clean up and move on, until the next time. Then you’ll clean that spill up and move on. That is the purpose of a stain remover. To clean up each time there is a mess.
Jesus is so much like the stain remover. He has covered the past stains, and He has covered the ones yet to happen. Everyone has a choice what to do with this. Are you going to sit there looking cheesy and say “No thanks.”? It seems kind of silly now doesn’t it. I won’t charge you to use my stain remover stick. Jesus doesn’t ask anything either. He is free, and wants you to go ahead and make use of His finished work.
So, maybe this week, amidst the colored eggs and plastic grass and chocolate bunnies, you will take a moment and reach out for the Stain Remover; Jesus already has it covered. Free of charge. Past, present, and future stains.