Handicapping God

Imagine on Judgment Day, all of our sins are laid out as blocks on a table.  For some of us, it'll be a very long table.  Now, imagine Jesus comes up beside us as our Advocate.  As he approaches, the blocks start melding and forming into a ball.  Jesus arrives at the table, takes hold of that ball, and throws it.

Most of us won't be able to help ourselves.  Stretching our necks we follow the trajectory of the ball to see where it lands.  We assume that the ball will remain within sight.  Should He choose to, our Judge can still fetch the ball.  For some, the ball will be too big to toss very far.

Scripture tells us differently.
God brought you alive—right along with Christ! Think of it! All sins forgiven, the slate wiped clean, that old arrest warrant canceled and nailed to Christ’s cross.  (Col 2:13–14, MSG)
For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him;  as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us. (Ps 103:11–12, NIV)  (One of my favorite songs, by Casting Crowns, is based on this verse.  Enjoy.)
Our ability to forgive is limited.  Even when we intend to forgive, in the recesses of our minds, we keep tabs.  Forgiveness, for us, is never absolute.

Let us not impose the same limitations on God.  He is love.  He can forgive.  He knows all.  So He forgave knowing what we would yet do.

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