1 John 1:7,9, “The blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanses us from all sin… If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
Are you tormented with guilt? Is there some sin in your life you feel God can’t forgive you? Or perhaps you can’t even forgive yourself? Dear friend, I want to remind you that there is no sin that God cannot forgive. Jesus shed His powerful, precious, pure blood to atone for all sin. He is the Scapegoat who bore all your iniquities so you could go free. (Leviticus 16:22) Not some sins, but all of them. There is nothing that is too bad for the blood of Jesus. His life-giving blood has power to wash away all sin.
I think God must have known that we would have trouble believing this truth. Therefore, He gives us different pictures in the Bible (not just one, but many) to show us how the blood of Jesus completely eradicates our sins when we repent and confess it to Him. Shall we look at what happens to them? They are…
Revelation 1:5b, “Unto Him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood.” (1 Corinthians 6:11, Titus 3:5)
AS WHITE AS SNOW!
Isaiah 1:18, “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord; though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.”
Psalm 51:7, “Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be whiter than snow.” Although this Scripture does not mention the blood, it refers to it because it was the hyssop that was used to sprinkle the blood. (Revelation 7:13-14)
1 John 1:7, “The blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanses us from all sin.” (Jeremiah 33:8; Hebrews 9:14) In the New Testament, the Greek word for ‘cleansed’ and ‘purged’ is the same. It means ‘to purify from the pollution and guilt of sin’.
Micah 7:18, “Who is a God like unto thee, who pardons iniquity, and passes by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage? He retains not his anger forever, because he delights in mercy.” (Jeremiah 33:8)
Ephesians 1:7, “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace.” (Colossians 1:14)
When John the Baptist saw Jesus, He called out, “Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.” (John 1:29) God not only forgives, but He takes our sins away out of sight.
We looked at two pictures of this last week – the bird that flew away into the open fields, and the scapegoat that was taken into an uninhabited wilderness. Other translations of the Bible use different descriptions such as “a land of separation”, “a desolate region”, “a land where no one lives”, “a solitary land”, “a barren waste” and “an isolated place”. They are taken away where we can’t see them any more – into oblivion. The Hebrew word for scapegoat is ‘azazel’ which means ‘an entire and utter removal. It is derived from a root word, which means ‘wholly to go away’. (Leviticus 16:22)
Dear one, don’t keep looking at your sin and groveling over it. God has taken it out of sight, so why try to retrieve it back again? It is out of sight, beyond the track of man, unseen and forgotten. Because Jesus paid your price, you are now as free as a bird! (Romans 11:27)
AS FAR AS THE EAST IS FROM THE WEST!
Psalm 103:12 “As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.” As we move closer and closer to the west, the horizon keeps shifting. We never come to the end. It’s the same if we go east. Our sins have been taken so far away that we cannot find the end.
BEHIND GOD’S BACK!
Isaiah 38:17, “You have cast all my sins behind your back.” God can’t see them when they are behind His back.
REMEMBERED NO MORE!
Jeremiah 31:34, “I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.” (Isaiah 43:25) God remembers everything, except our sins. One writer says, Faith transfers them; Christ removes them; God forgets them.”
Isaiah 44:22, “I have blotted out, like a thick cloud, your transgressions, and like a cloud, your sins.” (Isaiah 43:25)
LOST! CAN’T BE FOUND!
Jeremiah 50:20, “In those days, and in that time, saith the Lord, the iniquity of Israel shall be sought for, and there shall be none; and the sins of Judah, and they shall not be found…” Once they are under the blood of Jesus, there is no way of finding them again. No matter who looks for them, or how long they look, they will never find them. They are lost forever!
BURIED IN THE DEPTHS OF THE SEA!
Micah 7:19, “You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea.” They have been buried too deep to recover.
Oh the power of the blood of Jesus. It is too wonderful. By faith, live in the blessings of His precious blood that was shed for you.
Love from NANCY CAMPBELL
“Dear Lord, I thank you so much for your precious blood that was shed for my sins. I thank you for the power of your blood that totally cleanses me from all sin and all guilt. Help me to have a repentant heart and to daily confess the spots that tarnish my heart. I want to keep washed clean, pure and white, by the power of your blood. Thank you in Jesus name, Amen."
“I hear the accuser roar
Of ills that I have done,
I know them well and thousands more –
Jehovah findeth none!”