Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Happy Day

Oh happy day, happy day....when Jesus washed my sins away.....

You may have heard that song before in church or on the radio or maybe not.  Either way, it is a catchy little ditty that is actually quite powerful.

"Washed my sins away"  is a phrase we hear in church or Christian circles.  Have you ever thought about what it really means?  Think about when your hands are dirty, and you go to the sink to wash them.  You place them under the water and all the dirt comes off and goes down the drain.  Does that dirt ever get back on your hands or is it gone forever?  It is gone FOREVER!  It feels so good to get the dirt off!

That is what "washed my sins away" means.  Jesus washed your sins away and they are gone FOREVER when you ask Him into your life, and ask Him to forgive your sins.  It is such a great feeling to get rid of the dirt and be clean. 

I love how the Lord uses water to represent what He has done in our lives.  We all can understand how water makes us clean.

Water baptism is a public expression of what Jesus has done for us.  When we are dunked in the water, that represents our old sinful self dying (like Christ dying on the cross), and then we come out of the water, that represents us being washed, made new by the blood of Jesus (raised to new life).  Baptism is not the same as salvation, it is a public expression of one's salvation.  It represents being born again.

It was a "oh happy day" for our family this past Sunday!  Our eight year old son, Joseph, was baptized in the lake at a nearby park called "The Cove."   

Take a couple minutes to read the next verses carefully.  They are very powerful.......

For you were buried with Christ when you were baptized.  And with him you were raised to new life because you trusted the mighty power of God, who raised Christ from the dead. 

You were dead because of you sins, and because your sinful nature was not yet cut away.  Then God made you alive with Christ, He forgave all your sins.  

He canceled the record of the charges against us and took it away by nailing it to the cross.  
Colossians 2:12-14

Canceled the record, took it away and nailed it to the cross!!  That is what Jesus did!  All your past sins were nailed to the cross with Jesus!  Again, oh happy day!

So thankful for Jesus!  Thank you, Lord, for washing our sins away....the old is gone, and behold all things are made clean and new!

We are so proud of our Joe.  Thank you for letting me share this moment with you and rejoicing with us in this "Oh happy day!"

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