Nov
24

I Will Remember Their Sins And Their Lawless Deeds No More

Nov. 23/12, 24th Sunday after Pentecost (Clement of Rome Day), The Epistle to the Hebrews, 10:11-25, Concordia Lutheran Seminary Chapel, Edmonton, AB

 

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” Amen.

I will remember their sins and their lawless deeds no more.”

I will remember their sins and their lawless deeds no more.”

I will remember their sins and their lawless deeds no more.”

I don’t think that I will ever get tired of reading or hearing that. I don’t think that I am unique in this but I am often brought low, bent and stooped under the weight of my sin. I do sin in thought, word, and deed, by what I have done, and by what I have left undone.

I know I shouldn’t let my sin get to me like this. I am a Lutheran; I know that I am saved by grace. I know that it is not by virtue of my sinlessness that I am going to be justified in the sight of God, but sometimes, my sin – it just gets to me.

Our text tells us why it gets to us, it says, “I will put my laws on their hearts, and write them on their minds.”

We know that we do wrong. On some level, everyone knows, even if no one else remembers our sins and lawless deeds, we do.

We remember that we don’t give enough money, time, or thought to the suffering of the people of this world, even those in our own community. We remember that we don’t study the Word as diligently as we really should. We remember that we act for our selfish interests when we really should be thinking of our neighbour. We remember that we abuse the gifts that God has given us, be they material or spiritual.

And sometimes, in the quiet moments when no one is around, the words of a sermon or Bible passage starts to ring in your ears, we start to remember, and the weight comes. It’s then that we need to hear those words of sweetest Gospel: “I will remember their sins and their lawless deeds no more.”

Are we guilty of all of these sins and lawless deeds? Yes, and more, and it is far worse than we know.

But please beloved; understand that even this is a source of comfort in our faith. You see, the Law that points out and exposes our sin, the very Law that condemns us, is that which points us to Christ. It is in the understanding and realisation of the depth of our sin, in our own remembrance of our sins and lawless deeds that we cry out for the comfort of the Gospel.

Because “Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins….For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified.”

He has: through His own sacrifice on the cross, by His own offering of Himself – the true Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world – made atonement for it all. It’s gone, remembered no more.

I will remember their sins and their lawless deeds no more.”

This is the Gospel in a nutshell.

And this text assures us over and over again of the confidence we have in the sacrifice of Jesus. When weighted down with our sin, when the cares and troubles of this world are too much to bear, when it all seems terribly, awfully too much, “Brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way that He opened for us through the curtain, that is, through His flesh, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.”

Christ is faithful. He has made the sacrifice. He has done and is doing this work in us. Even when we don’t feel faithful, even “if we are faithless, he remains faithful,” for you.

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.” Amen.

 

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