You might have heard in the news recently that a space probe launched back in 2004 by the European Space Agency (ESA) became the first ever to orbit a comet.
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The Rosetta orbiter caught up with Comet 67P halfway between the planets Jupiter and Mars, and now satellites the comet. This rendezvous which began on 6 August 2014 took place about 250 million miles from earth!
Such incredible facts about the distances we are able to send spacecraft brought to my mind something that we should carefully consider as Christians concerning the issue of forgiveness. Please don’t miss this…
Psalm 103:12 presents one of the most wonderful truths about forgiveness we can ever know:
As far as the east is from the west, so far does [God] remove our transgressions from us.
How far apart is the east from the west, really? Well, if you look at it from a mere earthly standpoint, go far enough east and you will come back around from the west.
It’s a silly thought really, but it is also a great analogy of the unforgiving heart of the one who walks in an earthly rather than heavenly spirit. James 3:15 tells us that jealous bitterness does not come from heaven, but is earthly, un-spiritual and demonic. And people who are in the flesh hold others’ sins against them—like the turning of the earth causes it to pass through the same four seasons every year, such people keep bringing up the faults of others.
But people who have the mind of Christ think outside the earthly sphere. James says that the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. Those who walk in the Spirit realize that the God of the universe forgives us infinitely! They forgive because they know how completely they are forgiven of God.
They understand that traveling east across God’s universe could never, ever end up west because the universe is not just this little rock floating in space called earth. Like the Rosetta orbiter sent out by the ESA years ago is a quarter of a billion miles away and still going, God has, through Christ, sent our transgressions on an infinite course away from us, to never be held against us again!
So how far is forgiveness? Two hundred and fifty million miles doesn’t even begin to count the distance God separates the worst sins from those who put their trust in His Son!
Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake has [infinitely] forgiven you…