You have heard of hyssop, a relative to the mint plant which contains medicinal and cleansing agents. It grows all over Palestine and was commonly used in purifying or cleansing ceremonies. (See Exodus 12:22, Leviticus 14:4, 6, 49, 51) It was even used to put blood on the doorposts during the last plague in Egypt. (Exodus 12:22, KJV)
When King David sinned with Bathsheba he prayed, “Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be whiter than snow. (Psalm 51:7, KJV)
He is actually crying out…’God, soak me in your laundry and I’ll come out clean, scrub me and I’ll have a snow-white life. (Psalm 51:7, MSG).
But hyssop also appears at the cross.
Jesus knew that his mission was now finished, and to fulfill Scripture he said, “I am thirsty.” A jar of sour wine was sitting there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put it on a hyssop branch, and held it up to his lips. When Jesus had tasted it, he said, “It is finished!” Then he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. (John 19:28-30, NLT)
The hyssop stalk is pointing to Christ as a sign that he is the one true way to salvation. It is through his blood that we are saved. And the sponge says “I, the Christ can and will soak up all your sins. There is nothing too bad that I have not covered here on the cross. See! I am he!”
So friends, let the scrub board of Christ take away your sins. Believe when he has told you so in so many ways.
Prayer- Father God, thank you for one more sign pointing to Christ as our Saviour, the only one who can cleanse us from our sins.
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