Thursday, November 2, 2017

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My wife and I had been on the road for quite a while, and company was coming as soon as we got home. Frankly, with the whirlwind that preceded our departure, there was some unfinished work that we left behind at home. And, thankfully, a friend came over while we were gone and pitched in. One job my wife had asked her to tackle was to get some stubborn food and melted wax spots out of our nice red tablecloth. Well, one of the first things we noticed when we walked in the door after our trip was that tablecloth spread out on the dining room table, looking as good as new. And it had a handwritten note on it. It simply said: "I'm clean. I've been washed, and all my dirty spots came out." Pretty amazing - a note from a tablecloth. That could only happen at our house.

I'm Ron Hutchcraft and I want to have A Word With You today about "Finally Clean."

Not long after I read that note on the tablecloth, I thought to myself, "Ron, you should have a note like that on you." Because those words describe what Jesus Christ did for me; something no religion could have ever done. "I'm clean. I've been washed, and all my dirty spots came out. You know, actually, that's the testimony of every person who has ever trusted Jesus to forgive their sins, based on what He did on the cross for them. And you know, it could describe you before this day is over.

In 2 Kings 5, beginning with verse 10, our word for today from the Word of God, God tells the true story of a man who is a revealing example of how this dirty-to-clean miracle works. Naaman is a Syrian military leader who, for all his fame and success, can't do a thing about the terminal leprosy he suddenly developed. Hearing about Elisha, God's prophet, Naaman travels to Israel with his entourage to try to find a cure. He tries to buy the cure with the big money he brings with him, and the man of God won't touch the money.

Then, speaking through His prophet, God tells Naaman, "Go, wash yourself seven times in the Jordan, and your flesh will be restored and you will be cleansed." Naaman is not about to humble himself and bathe in the muddy Jordan River. He tells his servants he should just go home and do it his way. But they urge him to give this strange prescription a try, and here's the outcome: "So he went down and dipped himself in the Jordan seven times, as the man of God had told him, and his flesh was restored and became clean like that of a young boy." Wow!

Well, here's the point: if you'll go to the place where God says you can be cured of your terminal sin-cancer and do what He says, He'll make you clean, He'll make you new. You can't buy His forgiveness by giving Him money. You can't earn His forgiveness by doing great things. You can only receive His forgiveness by going, in your heart, to Jesus' cross and throwing yourself on His mercy and His love. He's the only One who can make you clean because He's the only One who could or would pay the death penalty for all your sin.

So, this can be the day you can bring to Jesus all those mistakes, all the wreckage, the regrets of a lifetime, so you can be clean inside for the first time in your life. Doesn't that sound good? He's waiting to hear from you. You can talk to Him something like this: "Jesus, You died on that cross to pay for my sin, and you know, I have never really grabbed you in total trust to be my Rescuer from my sin. But beginning today, Jesus, I'm pinning all my hopes on You, because I know you're alive. Starting today, Jesus, I'm yours."

You know, if you want that new beginning that only Jesus can give you, I want to invite you to go, as many folks have gone, to kind of get the information you need from God's Word to make sure you've begun that relationship with Him. It's our website, and it's And that's a pretty good name for it, because that's where your new story could begin. Let me invite you to go there today.

See, there's no greater peace, no greater freedom than to be able to say from this day on, "I'm clean! I've been washed, and all my dirty spots came out!"



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