Therefore, David exclaims in Psalm 32:1, “Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.” The word “blessed” means “happy, contented, fulfilled, at peace, or at rest.”
When we come to Jesus and confess our sins, our hearts are at peace. So, the psalmist can joyfully exclaim, “As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us” (Ps. 103:12, NKJV). We no longer bear the burden, the guilt, the shame and condemnation of sin. It has been transferred to the Lamb (Jesus) who is our Living Priest bearing it through His blood to heaven’s sanctuary.
The story of the Sanctuary is more than just a history lesson in the practices of a small middle east nation. The Sanctuary not only provides us with a clear indication of the severity and consequences of sin, but also the solution to our sin problem, namely the sacrificial death of Jesus.
Lives that have been ravaged and chained by sin, now find freedom and eternal life in Jesus. This is the best news yet. By Christ’s death, we have been freed from the clutches of Satan’s dominance giving us a new life.
Paul states, “we know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. For He who has died has been freed from sin. Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, knowing that Christ having been raised form the dead, does no more.
Death no longer has dominion over him. For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all, but the life that He lives, He lives to God. Likewise, you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:6-11
Are you carrying guilt and shame and you are not sure what to do? Do you feel trapped by your sin and the circumstances that it has caused?
Look no further than Jesus. Paul makes it clear that the “blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit, offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God.”
The example of the past illustrates that through Christ and His sacrifice, you are free. That is the greatest hope of the world.
So what would you like to do?
Take the next step and reach out to accept the freedom that Jesus offers to you and begin living the life you were designed to live.