Today’s household object is the toilet and our Bible passage is John 1:29-33.

The modern toilet is taken for granted by most of us. John Harington invented the first flushing toilet in Elizabethan times and Josiah George Jennings developed the prototype with Thomas Crapper making the first commercial toilets. The toilet flushes all our urine and faeces away into sewers. I remember watching a children’s programme with ‘Auntie Mabel’ years ago with my son which explored what happens after we flush the toilet, and it was fascinating, even if it’s not something we really like to think about much!

In the same way, we prefer not to think about sin. We prefer to hide our failures and focus on the positive things we do, without understanding that our sinful nature separates us from God and is at the heart of all evil in the world. The good news is that Easter is the time when we see that God has dealt with sin once and for all on the cross. Jesus is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. (John 1:29) Because of Christ’s sacrifice for sin, we can know that our sins have been washed away; we can be forgiven and clean. (1 John 1:9)