Quite a few years back, a third grade teacher asked her church school class to write a one sentence definition of forgiveness.  Many answers were given.  But one answer stuck with her.  That student wrote, “Forgiveness is like meeting someone for the first time.”  Not seeing an immediate connection, the teacher asked the young boy what he meant.

He said, “When you meet somebody for the first time, there is nothing that person could have done or not done to make you upset or disappointed with him.  That’s why I think forgiveness is like meeting someone for the first time.  When God sees us, there is nothing about us to upset Him, disappoint Him, or make Him angry with us.”  That young man had a deep understanding of our blood-bought forgiveness. 

God says the same thing.  In Revelation 21, He tells us that, because of Jesus, He is making all things new.  That would include a new heaven and a new earth.  But it would also mean those souls who are part of the new heaven and earth are also transformed and new.  Washed in the blood of the Lamb, they have stood before the judgment throne of God and been declared innocent of all wrongdoing.  That’s not because they are so good or perfect.  They aren’t – on their own.  It is because their sins, which were scarlet, have been washed by Jesus’ blood.  Because of His sacrifice, they are now seen to be as white as snow.  Or, as the young man put it, because of Jesus, our heavenly Father meets us for the first time.  We have been made new – again – in Jesus.


From one made new in Jesus,

Pastor Steve