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I ran across this quote in the internet recently, and it caught my attention.

Imbesi’s Law Of The Conservation Of Filth: In Order For Something To Become Clean, Something Else Must Become Dirty.

I’m not sure who Imbesi is or why he would want to conserve filth. However, as I went throughout my week last week, I found this law to be true. As you wash dishes, the sink gets dirty. As you clean the sink, the rag used to clean the sink gets dirty. We recently we washed a rug at my in-laws house (which resulted in a clean rug) but created a big mess of tiny rubber particles from the rug that were left everywhere that had to be cleaned.

Then I thought about how this rule relates to our lives. We are all unclean because we are imperfect people and we fall short of the glory of God because of our sin (Rom. 3:23). Even our best falls short and shows that we are unclean before a holy God. Isaiah 64:6 says “But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousness are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.”

In order for us to be clean, Jesus had to become dirty. 2 Cor. 5:21 says “For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” Christ took on the sin of the world so that we could be clean. There are many scriptures that speak to God cleansing us from sin: Psalm 51:2, Psalm 51:10, Ezekiel 36:25, Heb. 10:22, and many others. Perhaps my favorite is 1 John 1:9 which says “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

This week, as we celebrate the final days before Christ’s crucifixion, his death, burial and resurrection, let’s be thankful for the cleansing work of Christ, that we who were dirty could be clean.

What can wash away my sin?
Nothing but the blood of Jesus;
What can make me whole again?
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

Oh! precious is the flow
That makes me white as snow;
No other fount I know,
Nothing but the blood of Jesus

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