Monday, May 13, 2013

What color is the gospel?

“Before they left, the men told her, “We can guarantee your safety only if you leave this scarlet rope hanging from the window. And all your family members—your father, mother, brothers, and all your relatives—must be here inside the house.” (Joshua 2:17–18 NLT)

““Come now, let us reason together,” says the LORD. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.” (Isaiah 1:18 NIV)

“They stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him,” (Matthew 27:28 NIV)

Rahab and her family were saved because they hung a scarlet rope from her window on the city wall. That was the sign that she should be spared when Israel took Jericho. The Lord says that our sins are like scarlet, but that he would make them as white as wool. When Jesus was punished for our sins, they took off his robe and replaced it with a scarlet one. Scarlet is the color of sin and also the color of rescue from the consequences of sin.

Today, when I see scarlet, I will remember what Jesus did for me. The scarlet robe He wore and the bloody death He died caused my rescue as much as the scarlet rope hung out the window resulted in the salvation of Rahab and her family. Today, for me, the gospel has a crimson hue.

What color is the gospel for you?

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