Then those who were at the table with him began to say among themselves, “Who is this who even forgives sins?”

Luke 7: 49

 

This is the sort of thing that is noteworthy, for forgiveness is among the rarest of things in our world. We often carry the burden of our transgressions with us for much of our lives, and we also hold the wrongs committed by others deeply and tightly. Thus, for most people, a lifetime of living equals a personal history that is loaded with debts incurred and those that others owe to us. This burden of sin is a weighty thing to handle. It is back breaking, mind numbing, and soul defeating. Jesus provides us with an answer to this.

 

He tells us that our sins are forgiven. When He does this Christ is not speaking on His own authority; instead, He is speaking the will of God, the Father. God does not want our sinfulness to remain as a barrier to relationship with Him, and He also desires that all people would turn to Him and be set free from the damaging effects that our sins bring upon our lives and our human relationships. The gift that God gave to people in Jesus is enormous. It is beyond the grasp of my simple mind. Rather than attempt to adequately define and describe it, I need to simply accept the reality of forgiveness and live as one who is truly and totally set free.

 

God’s grace is greater than my capacity to measure, and His love drives that grace deep into the fabric of my soul. Christ cleanses me of all of the wrongdoing that has stained my being, and He brings me before the Father dressed in the purity of His righteousness. This is the ultimate expression of forgiveness. When God looks upon my wandering self and sees only the purity of Christ, I am truly forgiven, and this is what has occurred for me as a result of my commitment to Christ. In Jesus and in Jesus alone all is forgiven.