Summary: A sermon on how Christ forgives and forgets our sin. Then how Christ will freshen us (take away all of the crud from sin, all of the effects of sin) and make us how we were originial intented!
Sermon for 10/23/2005
Dr. Karl Menninger, a famous psychiatrist, once said that if he could convince the patients in psychiatric hospitals that their sins were forgiven, 75 % of them could walk out the next day.
A. Today’s Scripture is in a section in Jeremiah of how the Babylonians would be destroyed. In the midst of this message of doom, there is a great message of hope and forgiveness for the Israelites, the people of God.
B. No sin would be found in all of the land of Israel. This must be a description of heaven.
Thesis: When we come to Christ, what does he do with our sin?
A. (Psa 32:1 NIV) Blessed is he whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. (Psa 32:2 NIV) Blessed is the man whose sin the LORD does not count against him and in whose spirit is no deceit.
B. (Jer 50:20 NIV) In those days, at that time," declares the LORD, "search will be made for Israel’s guilt, but there will be none, and for the sins of Judah, but none will be found, for I will forgive the remnant I spare.
C. For a person who has never responded, Plan of Salvation.
D. For a person who is a baptized believer, (1 John 1:9 NIV) If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
C. Let it Go, give it to Jesus, Let it go the guilt you feel inside, There’s no need for you to be defeated, when there nothing left for you to hide, For His Blood destroyed the traces sin had left behind, walk on in his forgiveness, mercy granted one more time.
A. (Isa 38:17 NIV) Surely it was for my benefit that I suffered such anguish. In your love you kept me from the pit of destruction; you have put all my sins behind your back. Hezekiah is here speaking about how the Lord saved him from a sickness and how he did not die. When we set our sins before our face in true repentance, then God casts them behind his back.
B. (Micah 7:19 NIV) You will again have compassion on us; you will tread our sins underfoot and hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea. A minister preached on this verse. His little boy, ten years old, afterwards said to him, "Daddy, when you were talking about the Lord casting sin into the sea, you ought to have said that sin was heavy like stones, and would drop out of sight, or they might think it would float like corks on the top." Praise God, our sins are covered by the blood of Jesus as stones thrown into the ocean.
C. (Psa 103:12 NIV) as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us. If you travel north, you will eventually round the pole and start going south. But if you travel west, you can continue on forever going west and will never go east.
D. (Heb 8:12 NIV) For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more." Difference from covering over something and cleansing, washing something away. God does not remember because it has all been washed away. The blackboard wall at my house.