For I will be merciful toward their iniquities, and I will remember their sins no more.” – Hebrews 8:12
Hebrews 8:12 and a Merle Haggard song inspired me to share this word picture with you.
On the next clear night, go out and look at the stars. How many of them are there? Can you count them? Of course not. Now imagine that those stars are your sins. Again, how many of them are there? Can you count them? Of course not. It is indeed overwhelming to think of the countless sins we have committed, or even commit in the future (because we all know we will). Some are very dim, and we hardly remember them at all if we even remember them at all. Some shine very brightly and we can recall them immediately, often because it is where we have established the strongest pattern of that particular sin. But at some point, we must face that they are all there.
Before we get too despondent on our inequity, let’s look at another part of this word picture. It’s the next day at high noon. Go out and look at the sky. Do you see the stars? Do you see your sins? No! Are they not there? They must not be there because I don’t see them. Of course, they’re still there, but we no longer see them. Why is that? Because they are overpowered by the sun. The incredible light produced by the sun has overtaken the light produced by the lesser stars.
So, it is with our sin. Yes, we commit sin, we live in a fallen world and the sin pattern that was in us before Christ came into our lives still exists. We have the power of the Holy Spirit in us, which gives sin no more power over us. Yet the incredible truth is this, that our heavenly Father no longer “sees” our sin. Why is that? Because it is overpowered by the Son. The light of Christ Himself and His sacrifice has reconciled us to God and He remembers our sin no more. Think of that next evening, but more importantly, remember that next noonday. Our sin is overpowered by the light of the Son.