A sudden rain came down a few days ago, that for all its brevity could be called a gully washer. I was inside, and though I paused to admire the actual sheeting of rain that blocked my view to see across the street, I did not really think much about the outside effects. Later that day, I walked to my car to head home. The rain had stopped and it was nicely cool and fresh outside. I noticed that there were brown lines around cars, where the rain had washed cars and removed the layers of dirt. Outlines now existed around cars, and in parking spots where cars were once parked. My car shined quite nicely in the sun, looking clean and sparkly. The remnants the rain left were not on my car, but in a car sized dirt outline
As I got in the car, and headed home, it struck me that the car could not wash itself. There had to be an outside source to remove the dirt. In much the same way, the sins that accumulate on, around, and in me are also something I cannot remove. Jesus, in much the same way, performed an act that worked like that gully washer. He shed his blood and died for my sins, in essence removing them by the sacrifice of love. What left was a bright and shiny forgiveness of my sins and your sins in the person of me and other followers of Christ, and that human size dirt outline you see there on the ground, that is the sin that is no longer mine to pick-up.
Why? That is one of my favorite questions. I think it is important to understand why things happen or don’t happen certain ways. Why would a perfect God do something to even bother with the messiness of people? Love. God loves us so much that He gave us his one and only Son. We in turn, if we believe in him, we are given eternal life. Because, the Son (Jesus) did not come to condemn the messy structure we call humanity, but to save us instead. I accepted that Love. I hope you do too.