“He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the written code, with its regulations, that was against us and that stood opposed to us; he took it away, nailing it to the cross.”
I had been away on a very long overseas trip, and I am glad to resume my weekly article. I am sorry for the break. This week I want us to reflect on the love of God. Stop and think! It is measureless and incomparably strong.
With this in mind, let us reflect on Jesus' healing of a man who was blind from birth. You can read the full story in the gospel of John 9. Jesus had healed a blind man on a Sabbath day. Thus, he supposedly violated the law that prevented men from working on the Sabbath day and was in trouble with the religious leaders of his day. They sought to bring him to justice, as well as the man he had healed including the parents of the man. The past suffering and hopelessness of this man who had been blind from birth mattered nothing to the religious leaders. His parents too, who disassociated from their son and urged him to defend himself against the healing and would not share in his punishment, selfishly showed little concern in his improved condition.
But God’s love is vast and selfless. We have piles of witnesses against us for a deliberate breach of his laws. Ideally, we should expect judgment of raging fire for our offenses. We understand that the Law of Moses with two or three witnesses condemned to death without mercy anyone who rejected it. But God, who is rich in mercy, has reconciled us - law breakers -to himself. “He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the written code, with its regulations, that was against us and that stood opposed to us; he took it away, nailing it to the cross.” Colossians 2:14 .
Now we have an open door of forgiveness in Jesus Christ. Through him, we only need to enter into God’s house of love, confess our sins and obtain free forgiveness forever. We may never know the import of this stunning love and sacrificial act of mercy for guilty sinners until we meet Jesus face-to-face in heaven.
Dear reader, are your sins covered? It matters very little if you attend church regularly and do not know for certain that if you were to die today you will not be separated from God forever. Tomorrow is not ours.