Christ Forgiveness: Are you Forgiven Forever?
“As far as the east is from the west,
So far has He removed our transgressions from us.”
“When a debt had to be settled,” says Dr. A. J. Gordon, “either by full payment or forgiveness, it was the usage for the creditor to take the cancelled bond and nail it over the door of him who had owed it, that all passers-by might see that it was paid. Oh, blessed story or our remission! There is the cross, the door of grace, behind which a bankrupt world lies in hopeless debt to the law. See Jesus, our bondsman and brother, coming forth with the long list of our indebtedness in His hand. He lifts it up where God and angels and men may see it, and then, as the nail goes through His hand, it goes through the bond of our transgressions, to cancel it for ever, blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us. He took it out of the way, nailing it to the cross.”
This is the wonderful act of remission that is portrayed for us with such vividness in the cup of the Lord’s Supper. The nail that went through those bonds and fastened them there on the cross went also through the body of the Lord Jesus. Blood flowed at the remitting or our sins – the blood of the Son of God. The cup that is so sweet to us was emptied of terrible bitterness by the Lord Himself, then filled with heaven’s choicest blessings and brought to us. While we rejoice at the remission, let us not forget what it cost our Redeemer; nor let us forget the wonderful grace that puts all our sins away “as far as the east is from the west.”
– Excerpted from Daily Readings In The Life of Christ By Dr. J. R. Miller
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