Acts 10:43 (KJV) 43 To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins.
Surprise!!! Not really, but pleasant nonetheless. Forgiveness was going to be made available through the Messiah. That was not a newly invented doctrine; it was not an afterthought; the prophets of old have been speaking about it. The audiences may have failed to see it during that time, but it doesn’t mean that it wasn’t shown. That was a real Good News. God in His wisdom, love, mercy, justice, and grace planned that sinners be forgiven. Yes!!! There is a way: the Messiah. No longer were they to stand hopelessly guilty in sin; they now have a “clout.” They no longer had to stand in a sinking and faulty foundation; they have the immovable Christ they can place their entire dependence on.
I love it! The prophets have spoken. We don’t have to live in despair; and we don’t have to invent ineffective ways for us not to live in despair. Failing God, sin – that could be really depressing. The more we love God and the more we desire to obey Him, the more sin saddens us. And since we aren’t yet perfect, we will still sin. Life would have been saddest for true believers – but not so. Praise God! Really, praise God!!! Because of our dear Lord Jesus, the prophets-validated, Father-approved Way, we can be forgiven – repeatedly, continuously. That’s comfort; that’s freedom; that’s peace; that’s joy. Let’s not use this wonderful truth as an excuse to hibernate in our wrongdoings; let us rather enjoy this great blessing with grateful response of living in victory over those sins He forgives us from.
Our dear forgiving God, thank You, thank You, thank You. We wouldn’t know what else to do if not for Jesus. We could have lived our lives continually attempting to live purely and repeatedly failing – void of any possibility of “success.” That would have been terribly bad and sickeningly sad. Thank You Lord for giving us a way for our sins to be paid, and for us to be cleansed and purified. All glory and honor to Jesus in Whose Name we pray, amen.