tells you that you must be independ-ent, beautiful, strong, influential—all at the same time! But that’s not empowerment. That’s a piano on your back! You can feel the pressure. The devil whispers that you must be good, you better not sin or you’re toast. That’s a piano on your back! You can feel the pressure. God takes the piano off your back. “I will forgive their wickedness and remember their sins no more.” Your value comes from God. You’re forgiven by God’s grace!
But God doesn’t just forgive you. What’s the phrase we use? “I can forgive, but I can’t forget.” Not God. “I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.” God forgives and forgets our sin. “As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us” (Psalm 103:12). This is how far God’s grace extends. He for-gives and forgets our sins!
That means that guilt doesn’t need to be part of your life! The devil wants to plague you with a guilty conscience to turn you away from Jesus. He’s so good at it that he even convinces us that we need to go around feeling guilty to be good Christians. As if the guilti-er I feel, the better I must be. No! If you are going through life feeling guilty, you still don’t get it. Once a sin is forgiven in Jesus, it never needs to come up again. If God has forgotten your sin, you can too! In your darkest moments, focus on God’s promise: “I will… I will…” Whenever the devil haunts you because of your sin, tell him to take it up with Jesus. Be-cause Jesus took that sin away!
Sin forgiven. Sin forgotten. The people of God. This is God’s new covenant. This is what God offers you! But it sounds too good to be true. How can this be possible? How can I know this is true? This phrase—“new covenant” is only used this one time in the whole Old Testament. It’s never mentioned again. For hundreds of years, this tantalizing promise of a new covenant hung in the air. Until one night, after supper, Jesus took a cup, gave thanks, and gave it to his disciples and said, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you” (Luke 22:25). Sound familiar? The new covenant? How is all this possible? Jesus. Jesus’ blood. Jesus shed his blood for us. Sin forgiven. Sin forgotten. The people of God. By Jesus’ blood.
How do I know this is true? How do I know this is really for me? “Here’s how you can know,” Jesus says. “Touch it. Taste it. For you! It’s for you!” When you take the Lord’s Supper, there can be no doubt. Jesus’ blood on the cross brings us to God. Jesus’ blood of the new covenant forgives every one of your sins. Jesus’ blood in your hand and your mouth and your heart changes you from sinner and slave to child and free. This is God’s grace. For me. For you. “I will… I will…!”
So is it worth it? Is following Jesus worth it? I can’t answer that for you. But I can answer that for God: Yes, you are worth it! Your whole life long, everyone you meet will make deals with you. For your money. For your body. For your skills and abilities. And the moment you can’t produce anymore, you will be gone. But not with our God. When you see the cross, when you see the nails, when you see the blood of the new covenant, know that no one will ever love you like Jesus. Are you worth it? Jesus says, “Yes! Absolutely worth it. You are worth everything!”