Mark 1:4 And so John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.
Sins that one acknowledges and repents of are forgiven.
I’ve heard it said that the longest 18 inches in the world are from the head to the heart. The forgiveness of sins hasn’t yet completely made it there for me.
Here Reverend Lesley tells the story of how the fact of the forgiveness of sins made it from her head to her heart, and transformed her.
‘..when Jesus died on the cross he said the words ‘it is finished’. These words were often used on grocery bills when people paid their tab. In other words Jesus said ‘it is paid for in full’. Now, imagine all of your sins listed like a grocery bill. All your sins, the ones that you feel are forgivable and the ones that you are so ashamed of, all of them, even the ones you dare not breathe.’
‘..now, imagine Jesus stamping the bill with a seal and on the seal are the words ‘paid for in full’.