Today is a busy day at our house.
We are spending Easter Eve, as my kids call it, preparing for guests tomorrow. Scrubbing, polishing, vacuuming, even mowing…working to make ours a hospitable home.
I even have the little boys cleaning baseboards and widow sills…but don’t look too closely. They are still learning about attention to detail.
Isn’t the same true with my heart?
I don’t always catch all the dirt. I can clean all I want, try as hard as I might…but I fall short. Oh, Lord, I fall short.
And…sometimes…I don’t try. I admit it. At least, not like I should. Like my kids cleaning their rooms, I stuff things in closets, under beds, ignoring real change in favor of a clean-looking outside.
Jesus spoke to the Pharisees about this very issue:
“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you clean the outside of the cup and of the dish, but inside they are full of robbery and self-indulgence. You blind Pharisee, first clean the inside of the cup and of the dish, so that the outside of it may become clean also. “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which on the outside appear beautiful, but inside they are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness.” (Matthew 23:25-27 NASB)
That’s what the Savior came for! That is why He shed His blood!
No matter how hard I try, no matter how much I hide from trying, I cannot achieve what His blood did. He came to live and die so that I might live eternally! I cannot even fathom the enormity of that gift.
An old hymn by Isaac Watts brings this home to me:
Alas! and did my Savior bleed
And did my Sovereign die
Would He devote that sacred head
For sinners such as I
At the cross, at the cross where I first saw the light,
And the burden of my heart rolled away,
It was there by faith I received my sight,
And now I am happy all the day!
Easter will come to the Wright house. Clean or not. And it will be joyous!
And…eternity will come to each of us. Clean or not. And…if we know Jesus…it will be joyous!
Come. Just come.