“I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sin no more” (Jeremiah 31:34)
The worst things we have ever done – and which we would like to forget – have not ‘happened’ yet in the far reaches of the universe. Because light travels at a certain speed, something we did ten years ago has – from the perspective of a distant star - yet to take place!
What then of the Creator who inhabits all space and eternity? Our evil actions are not over and done with. In his sight they stand out for ever. Our every shameful act and word will come back to condemn us at the end of the world when the books are opened and the divine sentence is pronounced.
BUT – it is at this point that the miracle of complete forgiveness - in the future ‘Covenant’ prophesied by Jeremiah - touches every believer in Christ. For He is ‘the Lamb that was slain from the foundation of the world ‘ (Revelation 13:8). The Cross straddles our whole existence, and so can cover every sin – to the extent that God not only forgives our sins – but he has the capacity to bury them in the sea of his own forgetfulness!
We say, “God, do you remember that terrible thing I did those years ago? You must hate me.”
“WHAT THING?” COMES HIS REPLY. “I DON’T REMEMBER IT.”
If we have prayerfully been to the Cross of Christ for free forgiveness, no situation will ever occur when God can press the memory button on some divine computer, and – hey presto! – bring them all up again on an accusing screen! They’ve been trashed – for ever.