“For Christ has entered, not into holy places made with hands, which are copies of the true things, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God on our behalf.” (Hebrews 9:24, ESV)
“Though you wash yourself with lye and use much soap, the stain of your guilt is still before me, declares the Lord God.” (Jeremiah 2:22, ESV)
How often do stop to consider what Jesus and God the Father have done for you. I say “you” loosely because scripture is only addressing the passage from Hebrews to a certain class of humanity. The saved, the redeemed, those that are born again by faith in Christ alone. If you are one of those then consider what Jesus has done. The perfect, holy, precious God the Son, pure and lovely beyond words comes into the presence of the Father dirty and defiled beyond recognition because of your sins. It is said that Jesus was likely to have been beaten so badly by the Romans that he could not be recognized.
However, the Father recognized Him though even in all the sins that he bore. I think about this that it may have been like an experience many parents have faced. When a child comes in from playing outdoors all day and they are covered in mud and filth barely recognizable as a child. Unlike this scenario the mother or father would tenderly cleanse the child but our heavenly Father instead pours out His wrath for all these sins that have defiled the Son on the Son. The Son willing gives His life and makes the sacrifice needed for you, remember “you” as in those who are saved, to be able to come before the Father one day and the He will not see your filth and your sin. He will see the Son and His sacrifice to deliver us from our sin.
If “you” are not one that has come to grips with God’s love for you as a sinner and you think you can be Ok before God on your own, then the warning from Jeremiah 2:22 must be heeded before it is too late. “You” must let Jesus appear before the Father on your behalf, you are what defiles the Son, it was for your sin that Jesus died.
If “you” are one of the redeemed how will you worship Christ Jesus for what he has done to make you clean before the Father.