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Painted Red

on April 11, 2014

Paint.

It covers whatever is beneath it, with each brush stroke blotting out all that came before.

It covers nail holes and cracks in the walls, the scribbles of a toddler and the spills of a preschooler.  It covers poorly chosen colors and other such mistakes.  It even covers rust and mildew, evidences of time and neglect.

Paint makes old things new again, clean again, perhaps even beautiful again.

And yet that first Passover, the paint was hardly beautiful, blood splashed red across door frames painted as a covering, a protection over what was to come.
Passover, painted red, blood, Jesus, sacrifice, first-passover, forgiveness of sin, how-the-blood-of-the-Lamb-makes-us-white-as-snow,  paint covers mistakes like the Savior's blood covers our sins

The people of God believed, and so they painted, each household, the blood of an innocent lamb across their door frames.  They splashed ugly smears of musky red in faith that Yahweh would keep his promise to them.  Then they waited as death passed over them, leaving their firstborns untouched, an act of mercy.

And again over a thousand years later, a one and only Son painted a cross red with his own blood, poured it out willingly for a world full of undeserving sinners.  The bloody mess of his tortured, nail-driven flesh was gruesome, but the promise, the promise was a thing of beauty beyond comprehension.  Once again mankind would be passed over because of the blood of the Lamb.  Once again, salvation would be freely offered to those who chose to believe the promise.

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Now we who believe are painted righteous by faith, passed over, wiped clean. All of the mistakes, ugliness, and scars that were ours before are blotted out by bold, beautiful strokes in the hand of a Master who loves us enough to give a one and only Son.

Romans 5:8-10

 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him.

10 For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been

reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.

Thus the ugly red paint brings forth new life and along with it, joy and peace and beauty.

So those once black with sin

are now washed white as snow,

painted red

by the blood of the Lamb.

Jen 🙂

I’m joining the brave and lovely Five Minute Friday writers again this week over at Lisa-Jo’s place.  She chooses a word prompt and we all write fast and furiously for five(ish) minutes, no planning, no editing, no over-thinking.  All are welcome, so come on over and join us!

I’m also sharing with: Missional Women, Christian Mommy Blogger, Serving Joyfully, A Little R&R, Jennifer Dukes Lee, Wholehearted Home, Messy Marriage


19 responses to “Painted Red

  1. Loni says:

    I so love this! LOVE the verse on the red paint! PERFECT for this time of year!

  2. Jamie Gunn says:

    Belief in a promise prompting faithful action. Wonderful encouragement – God makes all things beautiful! Visiting from Five Minute Friday.

  3. That was lovely. Such a simple, beautiful, life-giving truth. Blessings to you.

  4. jenniferlinck says:

    Great post! How creative you were with today’s prompt! Happy Friday! Just stopping by from the FMF linkup!

  5. I absolutely love the parallels of the lambs sacrificed in Exodus, and the blood of The Lamb shed on the cross! I was just sharing this with my children a few weeks ago as we read through the Exodus account, a perfect preparation for Easter to come. Thank you for your words here!

    • Me, too, Rachael! The Bible is just rich with imagery and foreshadowing and all sorts of lovely literary techniques. I’m so glad to hear you’re sharing with your children how the OT relates to the NT!
      Jen 🙂

  6. Love this…”Now we who believe are painted righteous by faith, passed over, wiped clean. All of the mistakes, ugliness, and scars that were ours before are blotted out by bold, beautiful strokes in the hand of a Master who loves us enough to give a one and only Son.”

    Amen. Such a trust to paint blood & believe death would pass over. May we trust Him when He says that we are passed over by His blood too.

  7. Beautiful truth. “New life with joy, truth, and beauty.” Covered by the blood of the Lamb. Feeling very overwhelmed and blessed. Thank you!

    • I find those thoughts overwhelming, too, Deb – that He should choose us in the midst of our sin, to make us righteous! Thanks for stopping by and leaving some encouragement here.
      Jen 🙂

  8. […] We who’ve been painted red that we might be white as snow. […]

  9. Courtney says:

    Wow – this is fantastic! I’m never going to think of paint the same way again. Thank you.

    • I’m so glad to hear this spoke to you, Courtney! I don’t think I’ll see red paint the same, either. Thank you so much for taking the time to read and leave some encouragement here, too.
      Jen 🙂

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