No More Remembrance of Sins
“Behold, the Lamb of God that takes away the sins of the world!” This was His mission. He came to do this. To take away the sins of the world! The Father wanted it done. He could not stand the separation sin produced. He would tolerate it no longer. The problem behind that awful separation needed to be solved, once for all.
It is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins. Therefore, when Christ came into the world, he said: “Sacrifice and offering you did not desire, but a body you prepared for me; with burnt offerings and sin offerings you were not pleased. Then I said, ‘Here I am—it is written about me in the scroll— I have come to do your will, my God.’ ” (Hebrews 10:4-7 NIV)
And so Jesus came. His was not to provide a temporary reprieve. That was the best the blood of bulls and goats could do. With such offerings God was not pleased. God wanted more. The complete cancellation of all sins. No more sacrifices. No more remembrance. No more imputation. No more guilt and no more condemnation for sins.
So on the night Jesus was betrayed, He instituted the New Covenant with these words, “For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.” (Matthew 26:28 KJV) See the reason He gave for shedding His blood–the remission of sins! If His blood did what He intended it to do, then sins, all sins, have been remitted. And there is no more remembrance.
The word “remission” is the same word for forgiveness. Look it up in your standard dictionary and you are likely to see it defined as the “cancellation of a debt or penalty.” Indeed, if Jesus’ blood accomplished its purpose, it means the price for every sin ever committed has been paid in full and our sin debt is permanently cancelled. God is satisfied with Jesus’ blood sacrifice, and for this reason sins are no longer being charged to us or being remembered. They have lost their power to separate any man in Christ from God.
But remission means more than this. The Greek translated here is “aphiemi.” It means to send away, to dismiss, to forsake, to put away. When the Bible says, Jesus sent away the crowd, this was the word used. When it says, a man put away his wife or divorced her, this was the word. When the Scripture says, Jesus dismissed His spirit from his body, this was the word.
This means when Jesus provides remission of sins, He does more than simply cancel our sin debt. He dismisses our sins forever from the presence of God, He divorces them completely from us, He sends them away; He picks up all our sins and banishes them forever, separating them from God and from us, “as far as the East is from the West.” (Ps.103:12)
Child of God, the last time I checked, East and West never meet. Jesus, the Lamb of God, has dealt so effectively with our sins through His blood that God will never again remember our sins. Just like the Law once separated God from sinners, the blood of Jesus now separates sinners from their sins, making them perpetually clean in the sight of God.
Oh, how awesome is the blood of Jesus! How potent! Because He shed His blood for us, God is now happy with us. And even more happy that finally, after all these years of separation due to sin, the judgment hanging over our heads is gone, and He no longer has to remember the sins of His beloved sons and daughters!
I hope you can hear our Heavenly Father saying lovingly to you, “My Precious Child, ‘I will be merciful to [your] unrighteousness, and [your] sins and [your] iniquities I will remember no more.'” (Hebrews 8:12)
Hallelujah, there is no better news than this! The Father’s will has been done. Sin is conquered. We are accepted. Let’s celebrate!