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  • Heather Bramblett

Carried Away

I love how Jesus used illustrations to help people understand His teachings. He used images that His listeners could relate to - stories about farming, birds, sheep, and fruit trees - things that were a part of everyday life. If Jesus were to walk this earth right now, it would be interesting to see what topics He would use to convey His messages.

Well, Jesus may not be here in the flesh, but He did give us His Holy Spirit to speak to our hearts in His physical absence. Jesus called the Holy Spirit “the Spirit of truth” (John 15:26) and “the Counselor,” the One who would teach us all things and remind us of everything Jesus had said (John 14:26). So we do get Christ’s great messages still to this day, compliments of His sweet Holy Spirit! The subject matter hasn’t changed, but the delivery may look a little different!

Let me give you an example. It’s Friday afternoon, and I’m doing what I often do on a Friday afternoon - sweeping my dining room floor. (I know, such an exciting life I lead!) You see, I homeschool our youngest daughter, and we do most of our work at the dining room table. I notice that by the end of the week, quite a lot of eraser bits have accumulated on the floor, evidence of error (and trials!). I go get my broom, sweep them up, and toss them in the trash can. That trash will eventually be taken to the big trash can outside, which will then be carried off on Friday morning by the city garbage truck. After that, I honestly don’t know where it goes. And THAT is the beauty of it! After the truck comes by, that trash is gone! It’s no longer mine, and I don’t have to worry about it any more!

Now erasers and trash cans aren’t quite as lovely as the images Christ used in His sermons, but one of those Friday afternoons it occurred to me. All those errors my daughter made are like my sin. And when I confess my sin, God, in His great mercy, sweeps them up and carries them far away.

“As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.” Psalm 103:12

And not only that, but He deliberately chooses to forget them.

“I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more.” Isaiah 43:25

If you sit still long enough to contemplate this holy transaction, it can be a little overwhelming. A Holy God who is perfect in every way extends complete forgiveness to wicked, rebellious sinners and grants them the right to be His children and inherit His kingdom forever. Amazing!

It puts me in mind of the second verse of the great hymn, “It Is Well with My Soul,” by Horatio Spafford…

My sin - oh, the bliss of this glorious thought! -

My sin, not in part but the whole,

Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more,

Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord, O my soul!

My sin - gone, forgotten, carried away, never to be found or brought up again.

Paid for on the cross by Jesus, my Savior.

Praise the Lord!

Thank you, Jesus.

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May 24, 2022

Great message, Heather! As you might imagine, I have had similar emotions this past week as I made multiple trips to our local thrift store and the landfill! Gone forever, like our sin! Thank you, Jesus!

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