___When we do something bad, that is called a sin. In a way, sins kind
of make us dirty. We could not go to heaven to be with God if we were
still dirty from our sins. But we can’t clean off that "sin dirt" all by
ourselves. And no matter how many good things we do, we can’t make
up for our sins, either.
___But you know what? The Lord took care of that! Jesus died on the
cross to take the punishment for our sins. When He did that, He
"crossed out" our sins! Jesus gave us a way--in fact the only way--to get
all cleaned up (John 14:6, Acts 4:12)!
___When we confess our sins, repent and accept Jesus as our Savior,
He sort of "bleaches" us through and through. His forgiveness "purifies"
us. He washes away the "stain" of our sins and the "grime" of our guilt.
Jesus gives us new, white, sparkling fresh robes with which to stand
clean and purified in the presence of the Lord (Rev 22:14). Hooray!
Is 1:18 . . . "Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow" . . .
Is 43:25 "I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and
remembers your sins no more."
Additional Reference Verses
John 14:6 Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the
Father except through me."
Acts 4:12 "Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given
to men by which we must be saved."
Rev 22:14 "Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the
tree of life and may go through the gates into the city."
. . . wash me, and I will
be whiter than snow.
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