What if our sins, the obvious ones and the ones we rationalize, were not just covered up, but covered? Not buried or hidden but brought to light, and paid for in full? What if all that we’ve done wrong really could be forgiven? That is what Jesus made possible for us.
I praise God that He opened my eyes and then my heart on a rainy Michigan night back in 1988 when I was twenty-three. As I prayed to God, the Holy Spirit brought to my lips the sins that I had buried deep inside me, the ones that I had tried to cover up by stacking good works on top. He forgave me and made me whole. For Jesus this great exchange took place as He hung with the sin of all humanity on a cross; mine included. God showed that His good overcomes sin when He brought Jesus back to life again. My awareness of this exchange took place in a car parked along a dark road with windshield wipers swishing away the rain. Not my effort, but His grace. And then began what I like to think of as “the bonus”: living a blessed life.
“Blessed is the one whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. Blessed is the one whose sin the Lord does not count against him and in whose spirit is no deceit.” When we experience forgiveness, we realize we have the freedom to live blessed, happy, clean lives, and we get to share this simple yet profound goodness with others.