Jesus, Only Jesus
Today is Resurrection Sunday, when Christians around the world turn their attention to the single most important event in human history, the sacrificial death and glorious resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. Last Sunday, we draped the cross in red as a reminder of the public humiliation Jesus suffered on our behalf and the blood he shed for us on the cross. On Good Friday, we draped the cross in black as a reminder of the darkness that fell over the whole earth and the fact that Jesus took our sins on himself when he was nailed to the cross. And today, we drape the cross in white as a reminder of the linen cloths Jesus left lying undisturbed in his tomb when he rose from the dead. But it’s more than that. White represents the transformation that begins in us when we put our faith in Jesus Christ. In our natural state, we are stained by our sin but, as John wrote, "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify [or cleanse] us from all unrighteousness."