In the days before overhead projectors and smart boards, how many of you ever asked your teacher if you could erase the blackboard?
Oh, yeah. My hand’s raised.
It was a feeling of accomplishment wasn’t it? You pushed that black felt eraser back and forth, obliterating the words dear teacher scrawled all over the board.
Only no matter how hard you scrubbed, a trace of the written word remained on the board until it was washed clean with water.
Then I switched places and became the teacher erasing blackboards. Realizing how truly awful the task was, I welcomed the opportunity to delegate the job to eager little hands.
Chalk dust got all over the place. Even dustless chalk. It got on my hands. Particles flew through the air, and made me sneeze. Dust settled on my clothes. Residue rested in the dust tray, which I inevitably leaned against, leaving chalk streaks across my backside.
Fortunately, I found an amazing new eraser made of foam or rubber of some sort instead of the usual black felt. This thing was the best. I loved, loved, loved it. This amazing eraser took away ALL the dust. It didn’t leave any residue behind. It was perfect.
Nothing remained of what once marred the board. Everything was erased. Everything was forgotten. Everything was washed clean.
So, I’m thinking…Christ has an amazing eraser like that, doesn’t he?
When our sins are erased through the shed blood of Jesus on the cross, no residue remains. No faint reminder of our sins shows. Everything that once stained and marred us is gone.
Satan’s not real happy with the fact Christ forgives and removes sin as far as the east is from the west. The Deceiver wants us to use the black felt eraser. He wants the residue of our sins to remain. He wants us to stay guilty and feel condemned. Satan wants us to walk around with chalk lines on our backside as reminders of all the times we tried and failed.
Jesus took all our sins upon his perfect sinless self. He nailed our sins to the cross through his tortured body. When we name Jesus LORD and King of our life, we don’t need to keep dredging up the past and its sins.
Jesus has an eraser that’s far superior to the foam one I used. Christ’s perfect eraser stretches from one scarred hand to the other.
Hanging on to past sins? Talk to Jesus. Let him forgive and make you whiter than snow.
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As high as the sky is above the earth, so great is his love for those who honor him. As far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our sins from us. Psalm 103:11-12
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