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The promise of forgiveness
Monday, March 19, 2012
by Pastor Eric Nelson, St. Paul Ev. Lutheran Church, Lester Prairie

When God speaks, His Word can be trusted.

The book of Hebrews informs us, for example, that Abraham believed God would give him a son despite the fact that he was old and Sarah, his wife, was barren. God delivered on his promise. Not only did he give him a son named Isaac, but he also made him exceedingly fruitful. Through Isaac, Abraham became the father of the Israelites, the chosen people of the Old Testament.

In Jesus, a new promise – or covenant – has been established with you. This covenant declares that God forgives your wickedness and will remember your sins no more. This covenant was established by the blood he shed on the cross.

According to the Law, blood is needed to make atonement for sins. For this reason, Jesus gave himself as a perfect and unblemished sacrifice and suffered the punishment for our sins on the cross. His sacrifice overcame all that has destroyed our relationship with our Creator. It fulfilled everything that was needed to make us right with God.

Therefore, there is no reason to go about as if life in this world is all there is. There is no reason to live as if your life is a meaningless and hopeless existence. You have a Savior. You have a Lord who is on your side. You have a promise – a covenant – which proclaims that great things are in store for you.

But, we are constantly nagged by the question, where is the evidence? Where is the evidence in this world, where all sorts of evil and disasters take place? Where is the evidence when we are experiencing loneliness or disappointment? Where is the evidence when a job is lost or when we struggle to get by? Where is the evidence when problems and troubles overwhelm us? Where is the evidence that the Lord is on our side?

That’s the trouble when we try to sort out and get a hold of the ways of God with our finite reason. Our reason just can’t comprehend an infinite Lord.

So, therefore, do not consider the troubles and the difficulties you face as clinching evidence that God has given up on you. Whatever you may be experiencing does not trump what our Lord accomplished by a cross and an empty tomb. What Christ accomplished assures us that the promise of forgiveness is true and certain.