As I said in last week’s sermon, Hannah had recently discovered The Peanuts Movie. I was skeptical at first, but it is very true to the Peanuts that I grew up with. When Hannah falls in love with a movie or show, that is all she will watch for a while, so I have seen The Peanuts Movie more times than I care to admit.
There is one scene near the beginning when the kids are playing outside because of a snow day. They notice a moving van pulling in and race to a fence to watch who the new kid might be. Each child talks about who they hope the new kid is.
Schroeder hopes for a kid that loves Beethoven. Lucy hopes he appreciates her natural beauty. Linus just hopes the new kid has an open mind about the great pumpkin. Charlie Brown hopes, “the new kid has never heard of me he would know nothing of my past imperfections. It’s not often you get the opportunity to start over with a clean slate. This time things will be different.”
A clean slate. That’s what Charlie Brown wants. All his friends have seen his social mishaps and mess ups and remember them. But with a new kid, there is a chance for a fresh start!
There are times in all of our lives when we wish we could wash away our past imperfections, have our mistakes forgotten. In Christ, we have a clean slate. Our past sins and imperfections are not forgotten, they are forgiven. Each day, we are given the fresh start that Charlie Brown desperately hopes for. But there’s a catch. Notice the last thing Charlie Brown says, “This time things will be different.” Yes, God forgives our sins when we repent of them. But repenting is more than asking forgiveness. Repenting means to “turn away” from. God forgives our sin but expects that this time things will be different, that we turn away from our sinful ways. We are all given a clean slate, we should take advantage of it!
Isaiah 1:18 “Come now, let us argue it out, says the LORD: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be like snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.”