"White as Snow" New Beginnings Week 4

Scripture
Ephesians 1:7 (NKJV) In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace. 
 
1 John 1:7 (NKJV) But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. 
 
Important Word   

Cleanses - To purify; to make clean; to remove filth, or foul matter of any kind, or by any process whatever, as by washing, rubbing, scouring, scraping, purging, ventilation; to cleanse the hands or face to cleanse a garment; to cleanse the bowels; to cleanse a ship; to cleanse an infected house. 
 
It is important to note that the blood of Jesus is much better than any man-made primer. Man-made primer will only cover old mistakes. The all-powerful blood of Jesus will actually ERASE our past mistakes! 
 
Once we are covered by Jesus, our old sins are no longer in existence.  Our surface does not only appear to be clean, we literally are CLEAN down to our core
 
Let's consider a beautiful old hymn: 
 
Nothing but the Blood of Jesus
 
"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. 
 
For my pardon this I see, Nothing but the blood of Jesus. 
 
For my cleansing this my plea, Nothing but the blood of Jesus. 
 

Nothing can for sin atone, Nothing but the blood of Jesus.  
 
Naught of good that I have done, Nothing but the blood of Jesus. 
 
This is all my hope and peace, Nothing but the blood of Jesus. 
 
This is all my righteousness, Nothing but the blood of Jesus." 

There is truly NOTHING like the blood of Jesus! 

In this lesson, we are going to compare it to artist's gesso, but just to be clear, there literally is NOTHING that has or will ever be in existence that has the cleansing power of Jesus' blood! 

The blood of Jesus is the only gesso that can ever fully cover the canvas of our life.

Thoughts from Leslie

Our life is like a canvas.  God intended for each of us to be born with a clean, white canvas.  But because we are all born with a sin nature, sin causes our canvas to become dusty and smudged, and literally covered in filth. Like a painter's canvas, our lives can be wiped clean, COVERED, and refurbished!  It is not too late for any of us to become something new and beautiful! 

Let's reflect once again on the steps required to refurbish a used canvas.  Watch the “New Canvas” video to get a great visual of this process: 
 
Let's take note of the third key step:

Covering

In order to hold a new picture, a used canvas must first be completely covered with a primer of some sort. Physically we must do the same.  We must be completely covered before we can hold a new "life picture". 

There is only ONE way to cover all of our sins and become white again, and that is through the blood of Jesus! 

The blood of Jesus is our primer! 

Will you choose to be covered today?