Why do we shine? We shine because we are washed clean.
Have you ever been amazed at how clean your car is after you wash it? Or how nice a window looks once it has been cleaned? Things that are clean shine because all of the dirt and other bad stuff has been washed off of them.
As Christians, we have been washed clean as well. All of our past impurities – our sins – have been washed from us, making us just like we are brand new all over again. But here is the slight paradox to our human minds. What is it that washes us clean? Is it some special form of soap or water? No, we are washed clean by blood. What? Seriously? Yes, we are cleansed by the blood that Jesus gave as he was crucified on the cross, taking our sins away.
The apostle John tells us this in a scene which was revealed to him. In Revelation 7, John tells of seeing people robed in white and praising God. John is told who these people are in verse 14: “These are the ones coming out of the great tribulation. They washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.” Their robes were shining because of the blood of the Lamb, which is the blood of Jesus Christ.
To our earthly minds, when we think of blood getting on something, we think of a stain that is hard to remove. But here, we see that the blood of Jesus is not a stain, but rather a cleansing agent.
That does not just apply to those few who John saw in heaven, either. In 1 John 1:7, we read, “But if we walk in the light as He Himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.” So here, John tells us that this cleansing through the blood of Jesus is for all of us, as long as we walk in the light.
Just how do we get this cleansing through the blood of Jesus? As he recounted his conversion in Acts 22:16, the apostle Paul, after he had seen the great light, was told by Ananias, “Arise and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord.”
And once our sins have been washed away, we will be shiny new Christians, so that everyone can see God’s light shining through us.
Why do we shine? We shine because the blood of Jesus has made us clean.