This statement is the most freeing statement in the whole world. The Blood of Jesus Christ cleanses us from all sin.
I have another post I have been intending to write entitled, “I am alive: October 2021.” I have figured I’ll just combine it with this one. It probably sounds odd to have that statement read that way, but there is no other way I would have put it were I to write it as a whole post.
The month of October 2014, I remember, I thought I was dying. I thought I had already seen all my good and bad days and the end for me, had already come. I was constantly sickly, battling with severe hypochondria for the better part of three years (the years of 2013-2015). In summary, my life was just a mess.
And still, the worst part of it all was, I was so afraid of death that I even dreaded to go to bed at night for the fear that I would not wake up the next day.
Now, fast forward… seven years later, here we are.
Alive, and under the safe and sure wings of Jesus Christ.
In hindsight, I understand now why I feared death the way that I did back then. And the main reasons were, firstly, because, I did not know or have any assurance of what happened after death, and secondly, because I had this constant worry that the life I had lived had not been a purposeful one. There was still this darkness that clouded my life, and, in as much as I tried to escape it through worldly pleasures and neurotic behavioural patterns, it lingered even worse.
My soul was exceedingly vexed by anxieties. There was never a time I was ever at ease, I was constantly and viciously anxious and worried.
Looking back now I think, “what a heart breaking way to live life.” Constantly searching for something beyond normal routine or life itself, only to end up with emptiness after emptiness, despair and hopelessness.
But this heartbreaking story doesn’t end here. It has a beautiful ending.
And the reason I commemorate the month of October is because in truth, I was dead. I was dead in trespasses and sins. But three years later, I found Jesus waiting for me on the other side of surrender.
He was just a release away from my worries and anxieties.
He called me by name, and He made me whole by washing all my sins away.
All my sins. All my sins. All my sins. All my sins. Allllll my sins. Okay, I know you get it. But really… this isn’t something to just “oooh-okay” about. This truth changes everything. It means that I am alive today not because I deserved life…but because He patiently waited for me to come home where I belonged from the very beginning.
And this, I know, also means everything to all who also understand this kind of a deep love.
That I no longer have to walk around guilty, condemned, remembering my sinful and shameful past, no longer wondering and worrying about death, battling with low self-esteem, and conforming to this broken world due to fear.
Because this statement is trustworthy:
I do not know what space you could be in in life at the moment as you read this, but, I would like to let you know — that Jesus is worth every single thing you are afraid of losing and much more.
It only takes a surrender of self and will to Him, and a desire to be in the word and listen to His voice as He directs you into that perfect will of the Father for your life everyday.
And surrender means to willfully allow Jesus to be the Lord of your life, it means to turn away from the life of sin. And in that surrender, one finds that promise that never fails; which is— His blood cleanses us from all sin.
And once cleansed, one becomes a new creation experiencing new birth: a total regeneration, a child of the most high God.
No longer do I have to worry myself to sleep concerning death now…because like Paul declared, “for me to live is Christ and to die is gain.” —Philippians 1:21
This truth brings to perspective the value of the time that God has granted me while on this earth.
Thus, whether I am alive or absent in the flesh, He is with me, He in me, and I in Him —forever.
And this is not ‘a guessing or just reading words from the Bible kind of an assurance’, but it is an assurance that He Himself, has made in my spirit. I know it because He has sealed it in my Spirit. That I am His.
However, the sad reality about Christianity today, is that many Christians desire to partake in the promises of God without having surrendered their lives wholly to Jesus Christ. Without having Jesus as Lord in all areas of their life.
But God has declared that it cannot be so.
24 Another parable He put forth to them, saying: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field;
25 but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and went his way.
26 But when the grain had sprouted and produced a crop, then the tares also appeared.
27 So the servants of the owner came and said to him, ‘Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have tares?’
28 He said to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’ The servants said to him, ‘Do you want us then to go and gather them up?’
29 But he said, ‘No, lest while you gather up the tares you also uproot the wheat with them.
30 Let both grow together until the harvest, and at the time of harvest (on the last day) I will say to the reapers, “First gather together the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn.”
Jesus said that there are those who would come to Him (tares) in the last day and call Him “Lord, Lord”, but He would turn away from them because He never knew them. For they only acknowledged Him in speech, yet their hearts were far from Him.
5 This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all.
6 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:
7 But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.
8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.
I hope we all surrender our lives to Jesus in truth so that we are not counted among the tares.
As for me, seven years later— October 2021.
Jesus is the Lord of my life, I am cleansed by the blood of the lamb, and this life I live today, I live only that He may be glorified. Now, anxiously waiting for the final harvest. That I may see my Lord, face to face.