Many, many years ago, when I was in College, my sister was in Medical School and would eventually become a Pediatrician. While in School she obviously had to study all areas of the Medical Field. One day I flipped through her Dermatology book, and the images that I saw are still in my brain. They were not nice. If I had ever studied Medicine, for sure Dermatology would be at the bottom of the list, next to Proctology, while Radiology would be on the top. Those diseases shown in the pictures didn't look good at all and seemed very painful. I thought about illustrating this post with some of those images, but I didn't think they would be very appealing (kittens would attract more readers, but wouldn't match the theme at all, so the young lady with the mirror was a better idea). I can only imagine how much someone would pay for a cream or a liquid that would instantaneously eliminate those skin conditions. I can see the add on TV: "If you call now, you can have this extraordinary product that will clean your skin immediately! This exclusive offer will not last long, so call now." Then I thought that I could compare sin with spiritual versions of those diseases. As if the sin would appear as a skin disease on the person: Murder= Spiritual Melanoma, Gossip= Spiritual Eczema, Impure Thoughts= Spiritual Psoriasis, Lies= Spiritual Acne... Can you imagine how we would walk around displaying our sins? How would we face each other? Wouldn't you want to ask your husband about that Psoriasis on his face? Immediately I remember that God actually sees all that. He also saw all our sin in Jesus when he was on the cross, and that was a repugnant image. For the first time in all eternity something happened to the Father-Son relationship that Jesus cried "Father, Father why have you forsaken me?". Fortunately, I don't have to end the post here, because Jesus died for our sins and came out on the other end resurrected, and glorified. He no longer had the marks of our sin. The good news is that differently from those skin diseases, our spiritual diseases can be eliminated instantaneously, but it takes a very costly medicine: Jesus' Blood. So, if we have applied that precious liquid, when God looks at you and me He sees us without blemishes. Acceptable to Him. Can't beat that! "So call now and talk to God about this exclusive offer (really exclusive)"