There is the good news and there is the bad news. Which do you want first? Ok, let’s start with the bad news. When a person commits a sin, and we all do, that sin becomes a reality in the world. It is as though it pops into existence and just hangs over us like clouds in the sky. We humans are used to forgiving others when they do wrong, like our children or our parents, or our friends. But the act of telling someone “that’s ok, no problem, I forgive you” does not cause this bad act to disappear. It simply means that we will let it go and not hold it against them. But that sin still exists and is still floating around somewhere.
So what does it take to actually get rid of all the bad things that we have done, that are floating around somewhere? Verse 22 tells us – “without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins.” The penalty for sin is death (Romans 6:23) so in order for our sins to really be removed from floating around us, ready to kill us forever, someone who was worthy had to die and shed their blood so that death penalty that our sins deserved could come true. And what do we read in Hebrews 9:15? “A death has occurred that redeems them from the transgressions committed under the first covenant.” Jesus died and paid the price.
We can forgive people, in a way, but truly getting rid of our sins is something only Jesus can do. I can say “I forgive you”, but I am not doing anything to pay for that person’s sins. But Jesus does! When you believe in Jesus, the price for each one of your sins if paid, and we are truly released from the connection we have to all our sins! Rejoice, be glad, and relax. As you put your faith in Jesus the connection between you and your sin is truly broken, and you are completely set free! That is the good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ!