Celebrating Christmas III
1. We are considering these days how we can celebrate the coming into the world of the Son of God, not just at Christmas time, but all year long. We are doing this by focussing on some texts that speak of Jesus coming into the world that we do not normally see as Christmas Scriptures. Continue reading
7Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean;
wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
8Let me hear joy and gladness;
let the bones that you have broken rejoice.
9 Hide your face from my sins,
and blot out all my iniquities.
10 Create in me a clean heart, O God,
and renew a right spirit within me.
11 Cast me not away from your presence,
and take not your Holy Spirit from me.
12Restore to me the joy of your salvation,
and uphold me with a willing spirit.
David’s Psalm of repentance when he had committed adultery with Bathsheba, murdered her husband Uriah, and a host of other related sins.
This Psalm points us to Christ big time. Consider verse 7. “Purge me with hyssop”. Hyssop was used on the night of the tenth plague in Egypt to spread the blood on the door posts of the Israelites. It was used by the priests to sprinkle blood on the altar. The reference to hyssop in this Psalm is a reference to the future work of Christ in doing the work of a priest in applying His blood upon the heavenly altar for our forgiveness. We can only be clean through the death of Christ. We need the blood applied. What a grand picture! And what a glorious work.
David was forgiven of his multiple sins connected with the adultery he committed, because of the future work of Jesus Christ on the cross. We are forgiven because of the past work of Jesus Christ on the cross. It is all about Him.
We do not understand the immense accomplishments of the work of Christ to save us from our sin. Today, consider what Christ has done to win you to Himself and demonstrate your gratitude in obedience and faithfulness. If it does not make you grateful you need to come in faith to Christ.