Sin brings shame. Sin defiles. Sin makes you dirty. Sin weighs you down. Sin clouds your judgement. Sin invites more sin. Sin brings condemnation. Sin makes you fearful. Sin is misery.
In Eden, man was stained by sin. Since then, we’ve tried every avenue imaginable to wash away that sin, cover that sin, or just ignore that sin. Your garments are tarred by it, and earthly solutions are like using more tar to get the old tar out. You’ll only succeed in spreading it around, making a worse mess than you started with. Some, thinking they’re clever, have concocted elaborate explanations as to why those stains aren’t actually stains but are symbols of our diversity and human flourishing to be celebrated. And so we heap shame on our shame.
But ball up all the shame, guilt, fear, and condemnation of your sin and look here. Look at this bread, it is broken for you. Look at this wine, it was poured for you. Look here, look through these signs, and see the Son of God and Son of Man pinned to the cursed tree so that you could get off, scot-free.
Not because God decided to not care about your sin, but because God determined to die for your sin. Your sin isn’t set aside because God decided to take it easy on you, but because He determined that the greatest glory would shine through the blackest, most foul crime imaginable: the murder of the holy Son of God.
The shed blood washes white as snow. The gunk is purged away. Your hands, once bloody, stained, & raw with the scrubbing of self-righteousness, are healed and made holy. Remember here what was done for you. God sent His Son to die for you. You are made clean by the blood of the Lamb.
So come in faith and welcome to Jesus Christ…