Sundays are becoming my favorite.
I’ve started a new tradition on Sundays where I take a nap after lunch and take a Facebook fast for the day. It is ah-mazing.
Yesterday, after I wandered out of my room from my weekly nap, my youngest (age 3) climbed onto my lap and wanted to play on my phone. My phone has a stylus and he was having fun “coloring” on the screen. He started with thin white lines scribbled against the black background. Then I showed him how to change colors, which developed into a new color after every other scribble. White, yellow, orange, blue, pink, red, green, orange, white, blue, yellow, red…
And then we discovered how to change the writing tip size, so we went from a thin pencil point to a thick marker chisel. That red color went over every previous scribble, covering all the chaos of colors and any remainder of the black background beneath.
As I watched my phone screen morph into a solid, saturating red, a parallel came to mind and as basic and simple (and possibly cheesy) as it sounds, I still have to share it.
The black background is our world of sin. We come in and add all of our chaos, in every shape and color, creating disorder and destruction.
Then Jesus enters, and He dies on the cross and sheds His RED blood for us, this red blood which COVERS all our sin and shame. When those in Christ stand before God on Judgment Day, all that God sees is that soul-filling, all-saturating, royal red redeeming blood of Jesus.
But wait, you ask, what if I mess it up? What if I backslide, or back space, or undo Jesus’ work in my life?
(Spoiler: This parallel wasn’t over.)
When you accept Jesus, you accept changes. And when you click “Accept Changes?”
Then you are SAVED.
And not even the hackiest of computer hackers can change that. No one can pluck you out of God’s hand.
I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand.
My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand.
I and the Father are one.”
– John 10:28-30, ESV