And according to the law almost all things are purified with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no remission. Hebrews 9:22
Remission. It’s not a word that is frequently used. However, probably the most common use of the word is when cancer goes into remission in a person. It is in reference to being healed, cured or the cancer has been removed from the body in some way. It is a good thing for sure when you hear of a loved one who is given a diagnosis of their cancer being in remission.
Today’s scripture is referring to a different type of remission, but it is similar in concept. It is the remission of sin. The passage talks about sin can only be removed or remitted when blood is shed. This is probably the clearest passage that explains why Jesus had to die in such a brutal way. His blood was poured out for the sin of the world. Not just to cover or make a provision like the blood of calves and goats did, His blood was necessary for cleansing both heaven and earth.
Now, we have total remission or removal of the cancer of sin! Sin, like a disease or stain, has been totally removed from every born again believer. It doesn’t mean that sin doesn’t exist anymore, it just doesn’t exist in the body of Jesus, the church. Sin is a dis-ease in the world and it has been totally removed from God’s family by the blood of His perfect One, Christ Jesus! Like a disease, sin tries to stick to and get inside of every person. However, when you belong to God, sin cannot hold on to you. You become “slippery” so even though sin tries to get all over you in the world, it cannot stain or attach itself to your life because the blood covers and protects you from it.
This portion of Hebrews goes on to say that each person has their appointment with death and after that they will face judgement. Everyone will stand before the eternal God to be examined for the stains of sin. The only way to escape that judgement is to be in remission under the cleansing blood of Jesus. Those who are in Christ Jesus will not have to go under the scrutiny of God’s eternal judgement of every evil done. In His provision of salvation, God made a way for all to escape the punishment for sin and to be purged through the cleansing blood. This is true remission, total and complete in Him. No longer do we carry the weight and stains of sin in life, we have been set free from the cancer of sin that plagues this world. You can be too! If you have never received the gift of salvation in the blood of Jesus, invite Him into your heart and life today.
Today I want to encourage you to rejoice! Rejoice that sin is in remission in your life! Rejoice that the blood of Jesus cleanses every sin and stain that once covered you. Celebrate the goodness of God to send us our healing and escape from the curse that this world is under and glorify God for His tender mercy and loving kindness! God has total remission for you today so let Him remove the sin from your life and live free from the cancer of sin for all eternity.
Today’s scripture reading: Hebrews 9:22-28