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Jesus is the Original Stain Remover

                                                              
March 28, 2018
Dear Friends,

I couldn't believe it. I was in a hurry. I was in the car and on my way to
an important meeting. I happened to look down. That's when I noticed it.
I had spilled something. I had a stain on my pant leg the size of a dime.

There was no time to go home to change. I started looking for a napkin
that I could wet and try to clean it up. I opened the glove box and saw a
Tide to Go instant stain remover pen. I didn't know if it would work.

I was desperate. So I reached for that miracle stick to gave it a try. To
my great dismay it made my problem even worse. The wet spot grew to
about the size of a silver dollar. When I got out of the car I wanted to cry.

Why is it that things always get worse before they get better? I'm sure
that's what the disciples were thinking when the soldiers came to take
Jesus away. I can't imagine the anguish the disciples faced that night.

I thought of that as I was working on my sermon for Good Friday. Their
lives had been turned upside down. Their dreams for a better world were
smashed. My little stain was nothing compared to their agony that day.

But that wasn't the end of the story. You know what happened. It was
Friday and the world was dark and filled with dread but Sunday was
coming! With it, new hope was borne in the wake of an Empty tomb.

So it was with my stain. Here's the rest of that story. I looked down
fifteen minutes later and the stain was gone. It was a miracle. That's
when the idea of Jesus as the "original stain remover" came to mind.

That's what happened on the cross. Jesus came to wipe away our sins.
The theologians will tell you that Jesus gave his life as an atonement
for our sin. To me it's much simpler. He loved the sin right out of us.

So if you are living in a Good Friday world, and things aren't going
your way right now, hold on. God loves you. Sunday's coming. When
you see the empty tomb let it remind you that he's alive and you've
been forgiven!

God bless! See you in church.  

Cal
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