Isaiah 1:18-20 “Only Jesus Can Cleanse Us.”


Isaiah 1:18-20 “Come now, let us settle the matter, says the Lord. Though your sins are scarlet, they shall be white as snow, though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool. If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the good things of the land, but if you resist and rebel, you will be devoured by the sword. For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”


We are selfish by nature. When we are babies, we want attention. We cry when we are hungry. We get jealous and cry if our parents show affection to others and give attention to others. When we get older and go to school, we want to be better than others in class. When we start to work, we try to get the best table, the best parking spot, the best jobs for ourselves because our own comfort and position comes first. And we want to ignore that God exists because we think we know best what we want out of life. We think we know best how we want to live out our lives. But God goes straight to the point in Isaiah 1. Through the prophet Isaiah, God tells us, His people that we have been rebellious. We have been selfish. And God offers a solution in Isaiah 1:18-20. God tells us that we cannot help ourselves. Only He can help us deal with our selfish sinful hearts. But we must be willing, obedient and accept His solution which is found through belief in His Son, the Lord Jesus. If we resist and reject His solution, our sins remain with us and we face judgment. Being devoured by the sword means judgment by God in the Bible.

I know someone who was successful in his career. He was intelligent and respected. He thought he was a good and kind man. He agreed he was not perfect. He thought he was okay. He resisted and rejected the Lord Jesus. He did not think he needed to be changed. Because of that, when he died, his sins remained scarlet. They were not washed as white as wool by the shed blood of the Lord Jesus because he rejected Jesus as his Lord and Savior. Sadly, he has to face judgment before God. While there is still time, if you have not believed in Jesus as Lord, I urge you to do so before it is too late.

Let us pray: Heavenly Father, thank you for your free gift of salvation offered to all who would believe in your Son, the Lord Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior when they confess and repent of their sins. We pray for the salvation of every person who has yet to have a personal relationship with you through belief in Jesus as Lord and Savior. In His precious name we pray. Amen.



  1. Have you believed in Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior? If not, what is stopping you from believing in Him?
  2. If you have received Jesus as your Lord and Savior, how has He changed you since your conversion?
  3. Who can you pray for to receive God’s gift of salvation?