Saturday, October 3, 2009

Soap and Sin



I John 3:5 ... He appeared in order to take away sins; and in Him there is no sin. (NAS)

Objective: To illustrate “pure” and “sinless”

Materials: Bar of Ivory soap

Hold up bar of Ivory soap. What is this? Do you know what is special about this soap? It is the only soap that claims to be 99 44/100% pure. What do you think that means? What does pure mean?

Pure means clean or free from dirt...not mixed with anything else...having no fault (sinless)...complete.

Let’s take a look at this soap and see it if looks pure. (open package) What would you do with this soap?

The label says that it is 99 44/100% pure. Do you know what that means? When something is 100% pure, it means all of it is clean, free from dirt, not mixed with anything else....so 100% means ALL, not only part of. 99 44/100% mean ALMOST ALL, BUT NOT QUITE. Even though this is white, even though it works to wash things, it has some “dirt” in it. We can’t see the little bit of dirt in the soap, but it’s there.

What do you think this soap has to do with Jesus?

The Bible tells us in I John 3:5 that Jesus is 100% pure. It says, “...In Him there is no sin.” The dictionary says that one of the meanings of “pure” is “having no fault—without sin”. Jesus isn’t just 99 44/100% pure, like Ivory soap—He is 100% pure—ALL PURE, ALL SINLESS. He has never disobeyed God the Father; He has never broken any of God’s laws. There is no sin in Him, and there never was.

Ivory soap is advertised as being “naturally clean”, but it’s not perfect, not 100% pure. And it can’t wash out all the dirt, even though it can wash out a lot of it.

Jesus is 100% perfect. He’s the only One who can wash out all the sin from our lives so that we can stand before God some day—clean and perfect just as He is.

If you want to wash out dirt, use soap. If you want to wash out sin, trust Jesus. He’s 100% pure.

I John 3:5 ... He appeared in order to take away sins; and in Him there is no sin.

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