Isaiah 1: 18 is a reminder to all of us that we do make serious mistakes. That although these may just be too big for us to see past and yet as described God is looking to erase those sins.
We have Bible accounts that demonstrate his capacity to forgive, they serve as a reminder of the words of the Apostle John wrote at 1John 3: 20 “regarding whatever our hearts may condemn us in, because God is greater than our hearts and knows all things.”
Forgiveness through a Sacrifice
Once our first family members had chosen to remove themselves from the support and guidance the creator/maker had provided things started to go downhill.
Often this has been likened to when we switch off a fan and it takes some time for the blades to stop rotating. We are close to the complete standstill.
So we needed to reconnect to the power source – to the creator but we had changed the plug. This was when God came to our rescue, providing the promise of the connection through a mediator Jesus Christ.
“Washed in the Blood of the Lamb”
We identify those who become connected to God through Christ when we look at Revelation 7: 9 “After this I saw, and look! a great crowd, which no man was able to number, out of all nations and tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, dressed in white robes; and there were palm branches in their hands.10 And they keep shouting with a loud voice, saying: “Salvation we owe to our God, who is seated on the throne, and to the Lamb.”
The Angel explains who these ones are to John in Revelation 7: 13 “In response one of the elders said to me: “These who are dressed in the white robes, who are they and where did they come from?”14 So right away I said to him: “My lord, you are the one who knows.” And he said to me: “These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.15 That is why they are before the throne of God, and they are rendering him sacred service day and night in his temple; and the One seated on the throne will spread his tent over them.”
John uses the expression “Great tribulation” here just as Jesus did to provide the sign of his second coming. It is evident that these survivors are in a special relationship with Christ so they worship the one on the throne because of Jesus.
So Salvation is through the Blood of the Christ. This is something we need to know more about. How does Jesus’ life, ministry, death and resurrection address our need and restore us to that original relationship with God?
Every year Jesus disciples – yes Christians who follow the pattern Jesus set, meet to commemorate his death and review why this one takes away the sins of the world though they be scarlet because through his death we can wash or cleanse ourselves to enjoy the glorious freedom of the children of God.
The promise is that we see God’s Name Jehovah sanctified and his rightful position as the one worthy of worship and praise vindicated. The reward for those who do is to “Enjoy Life Forever”
Clean earth with the real-life ahead of those who have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb www.jw.org