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Sermon Illustrations: Cleansing

Anecdotes

Have you ever had mulberry stains on anything? If you get those stains on your favourite white garment you might as well kiss it good-bye. Nothing will get it out again - except, it is said, for green mulberries. And nothing will remove the stain of sin from your nature except for blood of Christ.



Evangelist Charles Finney preached on 1 John 1:7 "....The blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin." A stranger asked him to walk home with him, and against all advice he did. Ushering Finney into the rear of a building, he locked the door and pocketed the key. "Don't be afraid, I just want to ask you some questions," said the stranger. "Do you believe what you preached tonight?" "I most certainly do," replied Finney. The stranger continued, "We're in the back of a saloon and I'm the owner. Mothers come in here, lay their babies on the counter and beg me not to sell liquor to their husbands. I turn a deaf ear to their cry. When a man leaves here we see to it that he's well under the influence. More than one man has been killed on the railway tracks after leaving here. Can God forgive a man like me?" "I have only one authority," replied Finney. "'The blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.'" The stranger went on, "If a man doesn't spend all his money on liquor, we take him to our gambling hall and fleece him of his last dollar with marked cards. Can God forgive a man with a heart like that?" Finney repeated, "I have only one authority. The blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.'" The stranger had more to say, "Across the street is my wife and daughter. Neither has heard a kind word from me in five years. Their bodies bear the marks of my brutal attacks. Can God forgive a man with a heart like that?" Finney lowered his head and said, "You've painted one of the darkest pictures I've ever seen. But still I have only one authority. 'The blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin'" That night, that man became a new creation in Christ.


You're in the middle of dinner, about to go out to a special function where you are the guest speaker. You spill tomato sauce all down your front. You have two choices: you can either put on another shirt, or you can just wear a jacket to cover up the stain. The blood of bulls and goats that were such a prominent feature of the Old Covenant, could never do anything to the stain of sin except cover it up. But the blood of Jesus cleanses that stain completely.


Elisha requested a double anointing of what Elijah had from God, and Elijah told him that if Elisha was around when Elijah was taken from him, he would have his request. Then a chariot and horses of fire appeared and took Elijah, and Elijah's mantle fell to the ground. Then 2 Kings 2:12-13. Notice this: In order to put on the new, Elisha had to take off the old.

Quotes

The blood of Jesus doesn't cleanse excuses, it cleanses sin.