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The Impossible Stain
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The owner of an old Scottish mansion had the walls of one room filled with sketches made by famous artists. It all began after a pitcher of soda water was accidentally spilled on a freshly decorated wall. It left a hideous stain.

It just so happened that a noted artist was a guest in the house. One day when the family went out to the moors, the artist stayed behind. With a few masterful strokes of a piece of charcoal, that unsightly spot became the outline of a beautiful waterfall, bordered by trees and wildlife. The gifted man turned that blemished wall into one of his most beautiful depictions of that part of Scotland.

We have an impossible stain in our lives called sin. No cleansing agent can wash away this sin. No earthly artist can touch it up and make it go away. Nothing can remove this mark in our lives except the touch of Christ’s hand.

A Leper

There is a story in the Bible about a leper (Matthew 8) who wanted to be healed. People who had leprosy, were considered unclean. People would run away from a leper. No one would consider touching someone with this dreaded disease. But this one leper was drawn to Christ. Jesus deeply loved all people, including lepers. In order to illustrate the power of God to heal and forgive sin, Jesus touched this sick man. Even the Lord’s disciples discouraged Jesus from getting close to this man. But Christ willingly removed the impossible stain from the leper’s body and soul.

We are like the leper. We are unclean and need to be cleansed from sin. We are all law breakers and our consciences have been marred. Our hearts are full of guilt. Like leprosy, sin goes down deep. It is deadly. It is the impossible stain—from a human point of view—to be washed away. Isaiah describes it perfectly when he writes in Isaiah 1:5, 6, “The whole head is sick, and the whole heart faints. From the sole of the foot even to the head, there is no soundness in it, but wounds and bruises and putrefying sores.”

Yet, we may have hope in the Master’s touch. Christ did more than speak a word to heal this leper. He didn’t just instruct him to go wash somewhere. The Lord touched him. Christ came to touch not only people who were physically ill, but spiritually defiled. Jesus touched people diseased with sin … and He is just as willing to touch us as well.

Will you fall at Jesus’ feet in faith and cry out like the leper? You too may say, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.” Jesus will hear and reply, “I am willing; be cleansed” (Matthew 8:2, 3).

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