Ultimately the truth is that only God can cover up our sin. Our efforts are in vain, but that doesn’t mean we are helpless.
When Adam and Eve were wearing their fig leaves, hiding in bushes, suffering the exposure of sin, they were full of shame and regret. There were grave consequences to their actions. But in a beautiful demonstration of grace, Genesis 3:21 tells us that, “The Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them.” God could do what they could not do for themselves. And God can do for us what we cannot do for ourselves.
The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. ~2 Peter 3:9
In the last days of Jesus, wicked men set out to kill the Lord Jesus Christ. He allowed them to take each hand and spread them out, nailing them to a cross. Through his feet they hammered a nail, affixing the beaten and thorn-crowned Savior to the cross. In his dying breaths he welcomed a sinner into paradise and instructed John to care for his mother Mary. He forgave those who were killing him and he gave up his spirit. Three days later Jesus arose from the grave, being seen by hundreds of witnesses and spending 40 days instructing the disciples.
On the day of Pentecost Peter confronted those who had delivered Jesus to death.
“Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Messiah.” When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?” Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off —for all whom the Lord our God will call.” With many other words he warned them; and he pleaded with them, “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.” Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day. ~Acts 2:36-40
If those who called out for the death of Christ, spit on him and celebrated his death could be reached and saved by the blood of Christ … so can we. You can’t cover your sin, God has to do it. When we make new decisions about who is in charge of our lives (repentance) and signify our faith by being baptized (immersed in water), then we receive forgiveness .. finally, a covering of the sin we could not escape. The Holy Spirit is also promised. On the day that message was first preached, 3,000 people understood and obeyed it.
Blessed is the one whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. ~Psalm 32:1
Spend some time reflecting on the misery that sin has brought into your life. Are you thinking of that right now?
Have you allowed God into your life, expressing your faith through repentance and baptism? Open the door today and let Him cover your sins.
Allow the mercy and forgiveness of God wash over your heart. Contemplate the waters of grace washing over your sins…washing them away.
Contact a family of believers and journey together. We can’t go it alone.
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