Water for the Thirsty
Weekly Devotional

Water for the Thirsty

What Does God Do With Our Sin?

Weekly Devotional

‘As the deer pants for streams of water so my soul pants for you, O God’. (Psalm 42:1)
‘…Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink”…’ (John 7:37)

It may be unfashionable to say today, but man’s biggest problem is sin. From the very beginning we find Adam and Eve didn’t want God to tell them what to do, preferring to decide for themselves what is right and what is wrong. They usurped God’s position as king in order that they would be rulers of their own lives. And this has been the root of sin ever since. As the writer of the book of Judges put it,

‘…everyone did as he saw fit’. (Judges 21:25)

God’s pronouncement on this situation is clear,

‘for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God’ (Romans 3:23) and ‘…the wages of sin is death…’ (Romans 6:23).

What hope then is there for man? Quite simply it’s Jesus,

‘[all] are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus’. (Romans 3:24) and ‘…the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord’. (Romans 6:23)

There is no greater joy and peace for a sinner than knowing that their sin has been dealt with. But when we come to Jesus what does God do with our sin? Here are some thoughts:

  1. God the Father lays all our sins on His Son.
    ‘We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all’. (Isaiah 53:6)
    Jesus bore our sins as our divine Substitute.
  2. God in Jesus takes away our sins.
    ‘Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!’ (John 1:29)
    John the Baptist used a word that means, “to take up and carry away” – and when they are carried away…
  3. God removes all our sins an infinitely, immeasurable distance from us.
    ‘as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us’. (Psalm 103:12)
    True east and true west go off into space and extend out into infinity. That is how far the LORD God has removed all our sins from His presence. Now since God can do that it means our sins can never be found. The LORD God declared,
    ‘…search will be made for Israel's guilt, but there will be none, and for the sins of Judah, but none will be found…’ (Jeremiah 50:20)
  4. God forgives all our sins.
    ‘In him [Christ] we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God's grace’ (Ephesians 1:7)
    ‘Praise the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits-who forgives all your sins…’ (Psalm 103:2-3)
  5. God cleans us up from our sin.
    ‘If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness’. (1 John 1:9)
    ‘Come now, let us reason together, says the LORD. Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool’. (Isaiah 1:18)
  6. God treads upon our sin and casts them into the sea.
    ‘You will again have compassion on us; you will tread our sins underfoot and hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea’. (Micah 7:19)
  7. God remembers our sin no more.
    ‘…I will be their God, and they will be my people…For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more’. (Jeremiah 31:33–34)
  8. God says He can see our sin no more.
    ‘…you have put all my sins behind your back’. (Isaiah 38:17)
    Literally, He cast them “between His shoulder blades,” where they can never be seen.
  9. God covers our sins and blots them out as a thick cloud.
    ‘Blessed are they whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered’. (Romans 4:7)
    ‘I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions…’ (Isaiah 43:25)
    ‘I have swept away your offences like a cloud, your sins like the morning mist...’ (Isaiah 44:22)
  10. God nails the proof of our sin to the cross.
    ‘…He forgave us all our sins, having cancelled 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 2:13-14)

Surely we can say with the Psalmist, ‘Blessed is the man whose sin the LORD does not count against him…’ (Psalm 32:2)

Have a blessed week knowing that God has thoroughly dealt with our sin,

Pastor Barry

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