Sins All Gone
I remember hearing a story once of a boy who had been to church and heard the minister tell the people that when God took away a man’s sins they were all gone, absolutely taken away. The little boy was talking with his mother about it. He said, “Mother, I can not understand how it is that my sins are gone. How can that be?”
“Well,” she said, “you remember we knelt down together and confessed that sin; so the Lord took it away, and it is gone.”
“But,” he said, “gone where?”
She said, “It is just gone. It is not anywhere.”
“Yes, but I can’t understand that, for I did it. I actually committed that sin; so it must be somewhere. Now, what does the Lord do with it? Where is it?”
“Well,” she said, “it is gone. It is just taken away.”
But the boy couldn’t see it, and finally she said, “Johnny, bring me your slate.”
He brought the slate, which he had been using for sums, but which was now nice and clean.”
“Johnny,” she said, “didn’t you make a lot of figures on your slate yesterday?”
“Yes, I did.”
“Well, where are they?”
“I rubbed them off, and they are gone.”
“They are not gone anywhere. I just rubbed them off, and they are gone, that is all.”
“You put them on there, didn’t you?”
“Yes, I did yesterday.”
“Then if you put them on, they must be somewhere. Where are they?”
“Mother, can’t you understand? I just took my sponge and rubbed them off, and they are gone.”
She said, “Yes, I understand, and that is exactly what Jesus does with your sins. They are just gone, so far as you are concerned. He has a way of disposing of them in the final judgment, so that as far as you are concerned it is just as though the sins were never committed, as though the record had never been marred.”
In Jeremiah we read the promise of the new covenant, where it says, “I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.” God not only forgives a man’s sins and cleanses him from these sins, but He also forgets them, casts them behind His back, remembering them no more against that man forever. I do not know how He can do it, but He does. It is because He is God.—By William H. Branson, Signs of the Times, January 12, 1926.
"If anyone should give me a dish of sand and say there were particles of iron in it, I might look with my eyes for them, and search for them with my clumsy fingers, and be unable to find them; but let me take a magnet and sweep it, and how it would draw to itself the most invisible particles by the mere power of attraction! The unthankful heart, like my clumsy finger in the sand, attracts no treasure or mercies; but let the thankful heart sweep through the day, and, as the magnet finds the iron, so it will find in every hour some heavenly blessings; only the iron in God’s sand is gold."
~By Oliver Wendell Holmes, Signs of the Times, December 23, 1889.