September 2 – Already Clean

John 15: 1-11

Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you. (John 15:3 ESV)

Cleanliness was a big deal to the Old Covenant Jews. They had all kinds of ceremonial laws about it. They had rules about washing, eating, sickness, sex, and even housewares. There were a lot of rules. By the time Jesus came their rules had become so convoluted and misconstrued that they overwhelmed the original purpose for the desired cleanliness.

During a teaching about human relationship with God, Jesus told his followers that they had been made clean. Their cleanliness was a freeing thing. It freed them from their sins. It was amazing. And it was all done by Christ.

Jesus had made them clean. He had asked them to follow him. He had called them out, and then cleansed them of their sinful issues. Jesus did it. Jesus did it.

Christ makes us clean when we are his. It’s what he does and what he wants. It is a work of his power and his grace extended to us that allows to live in that cleanliness. It’s pretty cool to be clean, not because of our own actions, but because of the power of the Word that Christ has already spoken concerning you.

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