I'm a good friend of Moriah, and we became friends this summer on an extensive ministry trip called Operation Barnabas. I'd highly recommend it to anyone who wants to be stretched in their faith and be challenged to grow closer to God :)
Umm random fact just in case you were wondering... I'm a percussionist and was the only girl on my high school drumline all four years. And I love getting to play in my church worship band. :)
Speaking of which, this past Sunday I had to the privilege to play a certain drum called a cajo'n as part of the worship, and we played a very well known hymn which is also one of my favorites, called Jesus Paid It All. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=38EVco7eba0
The chorus says,
Jesus paid it all,
all to him I owe,
sin had left a crimson stain,
he washed it white as snow.
And I love the imagery used here because it's such a true and vivid description of my own life and some of the things I used to give in to. And I think sometimes I'm tempted to believe that I'm still covered by that sin. I'm tainted by it or "stained". But I love the next line, he washed it white as snow, because it's a physical action of washing, cleansing, the act of complete forgiveness and removing of the effect of all past sin. God says "There is now therefore no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus." Romans 8:1
Even if I can't forget what I've done, God has completely removed it from me. It no longer defines me. It's not even a part of me! "as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us." Psalms 103:12
And finally I think the bridge of this hymn sums it up perfectly.
Ohh praise the one who
paid my debt and
raised this life up from the dead!
"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!" 2Corinthians 5:17