First John 1:7 is one of the most reassuring verses in the Bible. It reminds me of the “red carpet of salvation” that God rolls out to the vilest of sinners. No one is so corrupt that Christ’s blood cannot cleanse. No one carries a weight of sin so heavy that the Savior cannot remove it. The precious blood of Jesus’ atoning death not only washes away all present sin, but it also goes on cleansing us until we enter heavens glory. The story has been told of an elderly Christian man who carried a little book with him that he often took from his pocket to show to others. He called it his biography. It had only three pages and not a single word was written on any of the pages. Yet, he said it contained the whole story of his life.
(1) The first page was black. He said it represented his sin, his condition by nature.
(2) The second page was red. He said it represented the blood of Christ, which was shed for his sins.
(3) The third page was white. This final page stood for himself, washed by the blood of Christ, and made whiter than snow.
My friend, we all have the first page in our biography – the sin stained one, because we are all born with a sin nature. However, the second and third pages of our biography are only added when we receive Jesus Christ as our Savior from sin. The question remains:
(1) How many pages do you have in your biography?