THEME: Jesus erases our mistakes and gives us a clean
OBJECTS: A whiteboard, a dry erase marker, and some
SCRIPTURE: "Although you wash yourself with soda and
use an abundance of soap, the stain of your guilt is still before
me," declares the Sovereign Lord. Jeremiah 2:22 Wash
me, and I will be whiter than snow. Psalm 51:7
This morning I have brought a whiteboard with me. I suppose that
some day the whiteboard will totally replace the old-fashioned
chalkboards that we still see in many of our schools. One of the
nice things about the whiteboards is that you can use different colored
markers to make your message stand out and make it more interesting.
If you are writing with a black marker and want to make a word stand
out from the others, you can switch to red. Of course, if you
make a mistake, you can just wipe it off and start over again.
One thing I have noticed about the whiteboards is that as you use it
day after day, you begin to see stains left on the board. You can
wash it with soap and water, but the stains won't come out. That
is why someone invented this special whiteboard cleaner. Just
spray it on and wipe it with a cloth and the stains of the old marks
are gone and your board is as white as new.
We are about to begin new year. It is time to erase the mistakes
of the past year and begin again with a clean slate. Some of the
mistakes we have made are more than simply making a wrong decision.
There are some things that we have done that God has told us in the
Bible not to do. We call that sin. Some of those sins we
have done time and time again and they have left a stain upon our lives
which we cannot erase.
In the Bible God said, "Even though
you wash yourself with a lot of soap, the stain of your guilt is still
there." We must have God's forgiveness to take away those
stains -- and we can have God's forgiveness because of Jesus.
Jesus is like this special whiteboard cleaner. If we turn to
Jesus and ask him to forgive us of our sins, he will wash away our sin
and we will be as white as snow. Then we can truly start the new
year with a clean slate!
Dear Lord, we are thankful that as we start this new year, we can truly
start with a clean slate as we ask you for forgiveness in Jesus' name.