O Happy Day!
“I will remember their sins and their lawless deeds no more.”
Thud, the mail dropped through the letter box, and so began a surprise happy day in the Thorneycroft house…let me explain.
A number of years back I made a couple of foolish decisions that ended up in me committing a serious driving offence. I was stopped by the police, summoned to appear in court and punished with the loss of my licence and a very hefty fine.
But hasn’t the punishment been paid?
After I had paid the fine and served the time of the driving ban, I received my driving licence back and was keen to get behind the wheel again. However, I was quick to find out that I now had a record, that this offence that I so readily wanted to put in the past, forget and put down to experience, was constantly before me. It was even listed on my licence. This very record of wrong would start to affect me going about my life as freely as I had previously.
Affected by a record of wrong
Due to my driving ban I sold my car, and upon moving to London had decided I had no need for regular use of a car. When it came to occasionally needing a car I would find that because of the endorsement on my licence I couldn’t hire a vehicle, as I was seen as a major risk. I wouldn’t even be considered by insurance companies as a named driver on a friend’s insurance, etc. This record followed me around and restricted what I could do in many ways.
So can you imagine what a surprise and happy day it was when today, due to a recent address change, my re-issued licence arrived in the post, and the record of my offence was no longer recorded on it!
So now I am free to go about life, hire, insure as if this offence had never happened! Sure, it doesn’t remove the event, lessons learnt, but now that past wrong can no longer have impact on the here and now or my future.
A far superior “Happy Day”
But this happy day pales into comparison to a far superior “Happy Day”.
The bible tells us of how we have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God (Romans 2:23). My sinful nature and willful rebellion was an offence to God as I traded his glory for complete and utter non-glories. This sin did not just deserve a fine & ban, but punishment of death!
So why such a happy day? You see God, by giving Jesus to die in my place, provided a way that not only the penalty for my offence be paid, but that the offence also be removed completely! His precious blood that flowed not only purchased my pardon, appeasing God’s wrath and restoring me to right relationship with Him, but also washed my sin and shame away!
In psalm 103 the psalmist declares “as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us.” Now my life is free from any shame or hinderance from my past!
I don’t know about you, but why do we so often walk around as if this wasn’t true? We claim the truth that we are now of right standing with God in Christ, yet live life being affected by our wrongs and failings of yesterday. There’s no need!
So let’s be quick to remind one another, when we have come to God asking for forgiveness of our sin, trusting and leaning on our Saviour alone, we can be confident that God will “remember our sins and lawless deeds no more”. In light of this, let’s live every moment here on earth in the fullness of the freedom that has been given to us in Christ.
Hallelujah, what a Saviour!