How far is a question we often ask ourselves before we take one of those notable trips we all sometimes take. We are often asked “How far is it to your place of employment?” or maybe one of our kids or grandkids will ask, “How far is it to MacDonalds?” Maybe. Have you ever been asked, though, “How far has your sins been cast away from you?” The Psalmist gives us the answer to that question, and much more…
“The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy. He will not always chide: neither will He keep His anger for ever. He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities. For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is His mercy toward them that fear Him. As far as the east is from the west, so far hath He removed our transgressions from us.” Psalm 103:8-12 (KJB)
I hope you caught that; “As far as east is from west, so far hath He removed our transgressions from us.” Have you ever stopped to think about how far east is from west? We cannot travel that far. If I leave Jenkins, Missouri and travel west, I can continue traveling west, and wind up back in Jenkins, Missouri, and keep traveling west until I do it again. The same is true with traveling east.
How far have our sins, our transgressions been cast away from us? A distance for which there is no measurement, an unending distance.
These horrible transgressions have been cast away from us because the God-Man Jesus Christ went to that old rugged cross and paid our sin debt which we owed to God, Jesus was buried taking our sins into the grave, leaving them there then rising victoriously over sin, death, and hell. When we believe God, trust Him for this work, then our sins God will not hold against us ever again. Believe Him.