PULPIT SERIES


Sin and the Cross

2 Kings 5: 1 - 14 

9. So Naaman went with his horses and chariots and stopped at the door of Elisha’s house.
10. Elisha sent a messenger to say to him, Go, wash yourself seven times in the Jordan, and your flesh will be restored and you will be cleansed.

Naaman the Syrian had leprosy, which in Bible typology, is a type of sin. He heard that his healing was in Israel, which was and is the covenanted people of God and healing was a part of the covenant.

He went to Elisha the prophet and was told to go and wash in the Jordan River by dipping 7 times. The Jordan River is a type of the Cross of Jesus, as it was the path that the children of Israel had to pass through to enter the Promised Land and the cross is the way for us to enter into heaven.

Naaman in his pride was angry about the river, complaining that it was muddy and there were other rivers in Damascus that was better than Jordan. The cross of Jesus is not the most attractive thing. It is muddy, bloody, shameful and demeaning and to the wise of this world it is rejected as the way to God.

But Elisha’s word was to go and wash in the Jordan River, not some other river, and you will be cleansed of leprosy. The Bible presents the cross of Jesus as the only avenue by which your sins can be forgiven. The wisdom of God declares that this is the means by which He has provided for our salvation.

Naaman reluctantly went, but he did obey and when he dipped 7 times, his skin was restored like that of a child and he ended up believing on the God of Israel. When you come to God by way of the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, you will be saved from your sin and God will come into your heart and give you everlasting life.