Evening, July 23, edited from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening

“And the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.” — 1 John 1:7

“Cleanses,” says the text — not “shall cleanse.” There are millions who think that on their deathbed they may look forward to cry out for pardon. Oh! how infinitely better to have cleansing now than to depend on the remote possibility of forgiveness when I come to die. Some imagine that a sense of pardon is an attainment only obtainable after many years of Christian experience. But forgiveness of sin is a present thing — a privilege for this day, a joy for this very hour. The moment a sinner trusts Jesus he is fully forgiven. The text, being written in the present tense, also indicates continuance; it was “cleansed” yesterday, it is “cleansed” today, it will be “cleansed” tomorrow.  It will be always this way with you, Christian, until you cross the river; any and every hour you may come to this fountain, for it cleanses still. Notice, likewise, the completeness of the cleansing, “The blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanses us from all sin”–not only from sin, but “from all sin.” Reader, I cannot tell you the exceeding sweetness of this word, but I pray God the Holy Spirit will give you a taste of it. Numerous are our sins against God. Whether the bill be tiny or enormous, the same settlement can discharge one as the other. The blood of Jesus Christ is as blessed and divine a payment for the transgressions of  a blaspheming Peter as for the shortcomings of a loving John; our iniquity is gone, all gone at once, and all gone forever. Blessed completion! What a sweet theme to dwell upon as one lays himself down to sleep:

“Sins against a holy God;

Sins against his righteous laws;

Sins against his love, his blood;

Sins against his name and cause;

Sins immense as is the sea-

From them all he cleanses me.”

My notes:  John Mellencamp was quoted in an AARP article:  “I intend to make my ending good. I’m hoping it’s one of those long, lingering deathbed conversions. A lot of people go, ‘Oh, I hope I just die quick.’ Not me. I need time to put things right.” 

I could spend a lot of time explaining why that’s not the attitude to have towards eternity…