literally: to apply water or some liquid to (someone or something) for the purpose of cleansing; to free from spiritual defilement or from sin or guilt
personally: My son requested me to wash his new shirt because he wanted to wear it for our trip tomorrow. He wants to blatantly show it off to his favorite “uncle” that two opposing schools can disguise themselves “friendly” as printed up front on this favored shirt (but please let me not tell you what is featured at the back of it).
I hand washed it since it was a single piece of garment, trying very hard not to waste too much soap, water or fabric conditioner on it. And seriously, made it “kuskus” to get away the acrid smell of fabric paint and made sure that my son will find pleasure at wearing it proudly — message, scent and all.
This word ‘WASH’ has struck me immediately to be my word for the day. I knew that it was a great metaphor for something beyond a mundane mom’s lingo.
To wash is not only to cleanse something with water of its dirt or stench. To wash is not only to use water as a purifying agent, but a more potent liquid was shed on the cross two thousand years ago. The blood of a perfect sacrifice was poured as an offering for the atonement of our guilt. We were washed — forgiven of the defilement of our spiritual culpability evoked by sin. The blood of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ washed us into a new life — completely, eternally.
biblically: Psalm 51:7 ”Purify me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.”
We have been stained with sin, but through Jesus Christ’s great sacrifice on the cross, we don’t have to go through life permanently stained. Through His death, our sins have been washed away and we have been justified — proclaimed not guilty.
God’s WORD assures us that if we are willing to accept and believe Jesus’ death on the cross as our saving grace, He will blot away our transgressions and will allow us to live a victorious life in Jesus Christ.