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Discover the Book - Jan. 28, 2009

  • 2009 Jan 28
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The Miracle of Complete Forgiveness

In Psalm 32, we are listening to David's testimony in song that came to his heart when David received complete forgiveness. 

David experienced what the Scriptures often declare—God is a God who offers His children complete forgiveness. Trace with me again those life giving words in your heart.

  • "… as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us”. (Psalm 103:12)
  • " Come now, and let us reason together,” Says the LORD, “ Though your sins are like scarlet, They shall be as white as snow;  Though they are red like crimson,  They shall be as wool..” (Is. 1:18)
  • “… But You have lovingly delivered my soul from the pit of corruption,  For You have cast all my sins behind Your back. (Is. 38:17)
  • “I have swept away your offenses like a cloud, your sins like the morning mist. Return to me, for I have redeemed you.” (Isaiah 44:22)
  • “For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.” (Jeremiah 31:34b)
  • “You will … hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea.” (Micah 7:19)
  • [At the Last Supper, Jesus commanded his own to drink, saying] “This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.” (Matthew 26:28)
  • “She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said to her, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.” (John 8:11)
  • “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus,  who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.” (Romans 8:1)
  • 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) 

David has just experienced the greatest of all miracles that God does on this planet today.  

The Gospels record just 37 specific miracles that Jesus performed during His earthly ministry. These include sight to the blind, hearing to the deaf, life to the dead, health to the sick - and many other tremendous miracles supernaturally performed by Christ.  

Which one was the greatest? If you analyze them they were wonderful but ALL were only temporary.  

  • The paralyzed, lame, mute, and blind that Jesus gave back eyes, fingers, toes, and skin eventually lost them all again when they got sick and died some years later.
  • Peter’s mother-in-law was miraculously set free from a fever but years later died of other causes which may also have involved a fever.
  • The food miraculously created by Jesus was consumed by the five and four thousands, and used up – and hunger returned the next day.
  • The eyes restored to blind Bartimaeus were used, worn out, and dimmed by the time he died.
  • The hearing that the deaf received were subject to the natural downward slide of the human body and faded most likely by their death.
  • Those dancing feet after Christ's touch that the lame possessed, soon turned to a shuffle and then stopped working altogether as they lay in bed awaiting death many years later.
  • Lepers who found fresh new skin and limbs saw them again return to wrinkles, weakness, and finally immobility as circulation, respiration, and digestion all slowly were assaulted by the weight of many years.
  • So yes, Jesus performed many miracles – but all of them but one were TEMPORARY.  

Which Was the Greatest of All Christ's Miracles?

The answer is the one that never faded, never aged, never ended. It was the miracle unfaded by time, untouched by health, unaffected by circumstances.  

That miracle, the greatest miracle is the one that Jesus Christ is still doing in our midst today. It is the miracle that I have personally experienced. It is the miracle that most of us in this room have also experienced. It is the greatest of all Christ's miracles – the miracle of complete forgiveness.  

But up until the moments just before Psalm 32, David wasn’t so sure. 

Have you ever wondered secretly in the back of your mind if you could be completely forgiven of all your sins? I mean the really bad ones that most or nearly all people don’t know about? 

What makes complete forgiveness seem even more impossible is if you are someone most people would never even dream of having any kind of struggle with sin. Former drug addicts have a pass, right? They were bad, got saved and are all set. Same for the former alcoholics, the former sexual sinners—but what about 'church going, raised in Christian homes, never really into anything bad’ people? What if they fall head long into sin. Other people wonder, are they even saved? Can they be really sure that they are completely forgiven? 

That is exactly where David was just before Psalm 32. He has been a living testimony to the grace of God. 

As a young shepherd boy he had told the world that he was going to live a pure life (Psalm 132) committing to certain disciplines.

But as wonderful as all those personal, private, and public choices may have been—he had drifted away and gotten out of touch with the Lord in 2nd Samuel 11. And as we have been seeing, he fell deeply into sin.  

And God had exposed him. The initial consequences of guilt and shame had multiplied and he came to the end of himself.  David wondered, could it get any worse? David reflected on his sin, how he had one of his most loyal friends murdered, took his wife, angered her family that included two of his most trusted body guards and also one of his most senior advisors—and now he is exposed. 

The whole world found out why his baby died, why his loyal friend was killed and what David had been up to when every one else was out of town. 

He wanted to be forgiven—but now is all that possible? 

Welcome to Psalm 32, a place in your Bible to flee when you wonder, “Can I ever be forgiven completely?”  

Psalm 32 is a song sung and recorded by God’s Spirit for good people that do bad things and are crushed beneath a load of guilt and shame. Just like Bill Gaither wrote many years ago:

Shackled by a heavy burden,
'Neath a load of guilt and shame.
Then the Hand of Jesus touched me,
And now I am no longer the same.  

Refrain
He touched me,
Oh, He touched me,
And oh the joy that floods my soul.
Something happened and now I know,
He touched me and made me whole. 

Since I met the Blessed Savior,
Since He cleansed and made me whole,
I will never cease to Praise Him!
I'll shout it while eternity rolls.  

The Miracle of Complete Forgiveness--A light in a dark place. A hope in a weary land. A promise from the God who cannot lie—neither do I condemn thee, I am willing, you are completely cleansed and forgiven in the Name of Jesus and because of His payment made for your sins. 

 

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