Forgiveness April 11, 2016

Somebody walking through a New York cemetery was surprised to see a headstone that did not bear the name of the grave’s occupant, or the time of birth or death. Looking closely, it was discovered that there was only one word to be found, the word “Forgiven.” The marker told the world the message that mattered most. The person whose body is in that grave went into the next life forgiven. Paul emphasized the greatness of that condition, as he spoke to the people of his day. Referring to Jesus, he wrote, “…in Him, we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace…” He was explaining in one sentence the great sacrifice which our Saviour made on the cross for the sins of every single person who ever lived. And every one who responds in faith, and invites the Lord Jesus into his or her life, is forgiven of all sins, past present and future. John wrote, “If we confess our sins, He (Jesus) is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

Pastor Alex Rockwell
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