Monday of the Seventh Week after Easter

Today's Reading: Ezekiel 36:22-28

Daily Lectionary: Numbers 14:25-45; Luke 18:35-19:10

I will sprinkle clean waters upon you, and you will be cleansed; I will cleanse you even from all your uncleanness and from all your idols. (Ezekiel 36:25)

He is risen indeed! Alleluia! In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. What sort of uncleanness do you have in your life? What sort of skeletons are in your closet? What sort of baggage do you carry around with you? What sort of deep, dark, scary sins and past do you have? We've all got stuff like that, and it eats at us. Even if it's not bugging you all the time, you still find yourself bothered at times. You just can't get over it!

Well, no matter what, the outcome is the same. It's all a matter of what your all-knowing and Almighty God says about it.

Now, that's a scary prospect, isn't it? It's the part we don't really want to think about. While no one else may know except you, there is someone who always knows: your God.

But the outcome for you, dear Christian isn't what you expect. It's not even what you deserve, but it's what God Himself has done. So it's the way it is, and that means your very salvation.

All that baggage and sin and uncleanness--no matter what it is--has been taken care of. Jesus did it. He didn't have any sins of His own, but He became your sin. He became even that one sin you can't forget you committed! He bore the punishment for it. He shed His blood to redeem you from it. Blood and water burst forth from His side to cleanse you from it.

You are cleansed.

Yes, you are. You really are. That rosy-red water was splashed over you in the waters of Holy Baptism, and you are now clean. But that blood flows also into the chalice, and by eating and drinking Jesus' Body and Blood, you are cleansed within and without.

You have no uncleanness. It's all gone. Jesus took care of it. He really did. He died for you and shed His blood for you on the cross for the forgiveness of sins. He's washed you in the water from His side, He's fed you with His own blood. You are spotless, pure, holy, and clean. You're forgiven. He is risen indeed! Alleluia! In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.

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