What Is the Gospel? You Are Clean

David Sterk

READ : Colossians 1:22-23
Zechariah 3:1-7

One of the crazy activities at Cran-Hill Ranch in the mid-80’s was the mud-wrestling events we staged for the campers. Dig a pit about 15 feet square. Place a 6 by 6 piece of lumber across it. Fill with water. Work the clay into a soupy mess and voila! You have a mud-wrestling pit. I never knew a person could get so dirty. That clay stuck to every part of our bodies and clothes. If we had stood still long enough we could have become statues! Afterwards, we jumped on a hay wagon and rode down to the lake where we waded into the water. An amazing transformation took place.

When Paul says “… to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation” he means that because of Jesus’ death God sees us in a new way holy, spotless and innocent. As far as God is concerned all the dirty clay of sin has been washed away.

Have you ever seen yourself as dirty and ugly, thinking “how God must hate me”? But God does not hate you. When you have Jesus he sees you as he sees Jesus absolutely clean and free of accusation. You don’t have to get clean for God to love you. “In Christ” you are already clean.


Father, thank you for making me clean and lovable. I love you. Amen.