Christ didn’t choose to enter into a temporary agreement with us, but an eternal covenant where our sins are completely forgiven and we are completely accepted by God.
For God’s will was for us to be made holy by the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ, once for all time. Hebrews 10:10, New Living Translation
Forgiveness is often viewed as a contract in our world: “I’ll forgive you if….”
…If you own up to what you did.
…If you repay me for all the loss.
…If you’ll never do it again.
The list can be endless, and sometimes there is no opportunity for the offending party to ever have a chance of forgiveness. However, Jesus didn’t sign a contract of forgiveness with us at the cross. Instead, he made a covenant with his own life.
When Christ died at the cross, the Bible says it was one sacrifice for all time (Hebrews 10:10). Jesus came to the cross with a final intentionality of forgiving all of our sins. Not just the really bad sins. Not just the past sins. Not just the ones we try to work on, but all of them. The reality of the cross was that Jesus became a payment for our sin and offered total forgiveness for our past, present, and future sin.
How generous and kind is the Lord! He purchased complete forgiveness for us with no self-effort attached. Not only did He choose to forgive all of our sins, but He sealed us in Him forever. The cross accomplished an astounding transaction for all who believe in Jesus. Praise God that we can be debt free when it comes to our sin! (Acts 13:43, 2 Cor. 1:22)
We can be sure of the hope we have in Christ because God was sure that His Son’s sacrifice at the cross was more than sufficient to pay for all of our sins. The next time you feel tempted to ask, “Am I really forgiven?” remember that Christ did not die on the cross to sign a contract with you. He gave his life so you can be His forever.
This type of forgiveness honestly seems too good to be true! That’s how we know it can only be the incredible love of God.
Jesus, thank You that Your sacrifice was a perfect one and I don’t have to earn Your forgiveness. You have forgiven me freely through the covenant You made at the cross. I can rest and live out of the knowledge that I am fully loved, fully, accepted, and fully forgiven in You.