NEVER CONDEMNED FOR MY SINS–THE GREATEST MIRACLE OF ALL IS CHRIST’S COMPLETE FORGIVENESS

The Gospels record just 37 specific miracles Jesus performed during His earthly ministry.

These include sight to the blind, hearing to the deaf, life to the dead, health to the sick – and many other tremendous miracles supernaturally performed by Christ.

FORGIVENESS IS THE GREATEST MIRACLE

Which one was the greatest?
If you analyze them, they were wonderful, but ALL were only temporary.

• The paralyzed, lame, mute, and blind that Jesus gave back eyes, fingers, toes, and skin eventually lost them all again when they got sick and died some years later.

• Peter’s mother-in-law was miraculously set free from a fever but years later died of other causes which may also have involved a fever.

• The food miraculously created by Jesus was consumed by the five and four thousand and used up – and hunger returned the next day.

• The eyes restored to blind Bartimaeus were used, worn out and dimmed by the time he died.
• The hearing that the deaf received was subject to the natural downward slide of the human body and faded, most likely by their death.

• Those dancing feet after Christ’s touch that the lame possessed soon turned to a shuffle and then stopped working altogether as they lay in bed awaiting death many years later.

• Lepers who found fresh new skin and limbs saw them again return to wrinkles, weakness, and finally immobility as circulation, respiration, and digestion all slowly were assaulted by the weight of many years.

• So yes, Jesus performed many miracles – but all of them but one were TEMPORARY.

So, which was the greatest of all Christ’s miracles?

The answer is the one that never faded, never aged, never ended. It was the miracle unfaded by time, untouched by health, unaffected by circumstances.

The greatest miracle is the one that Jesus Christ is still doing in our midst today. I have personally experienced it, and most of us in this room have also experienced it. It is the greatest of all Christ’s miracles—the miracle of complete forgiveness.

But David wasn’t so sure until the moments just before Psalm 32.

As we open Psalm 32, we listen to David’s testimony in song, which came to his heart when he received complete forgiveness.

GOD FORGIVES

David experienced what the Scriptures often declare—God is a God who offers His children complete forgiveness. Trace with me again those life giving words in your hearts as I read them to you. You may even want to just close your eyes so that nothing distracts you from hearing these ten verses:

• “… as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us”. (Psalm 103:12)
• “ Come now, and let us reason together,” Says the LORD, “ Though your sins are like scarlet, They shall be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They shall be as wool..” (Is. 1:18)
• “… But You have lovingly delivered my soul from the pit of corruption, For You have cast all my sins behind Your back. (Is. 38:17)
• “I have swept away your offenses like a cloud, your sins like the morning mist. Return to me, for I have redeemed you.” (Isaiah 44:22)
• “For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.” (Jeremiah 31:34b)
• “You will … hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea.” (Micah 7:19)
• [At the Last Supper, Jesus commanded his own to drink, saying] “This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.” (Matthew 26:28)
• “She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said to her, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.” (John 8:11)
• “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.” (Romans 8:1)
• If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9)

David has just experienced the greatest of all miracles that God does on this planet today.
DSS-23 – The Miracle of Complete Forgiveness (060701AM)

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