The Grace of the Unmarked Grave

The last time I performed a funeral, a thought came over me as I was walking through the cemetery.  The graves are obviously marked with the identification of the person who is buried there so that the loved ones can easily find them when they come to visit.  There was one headstone I came across that was so worn and weather-beaten that it was impossible to read or identify who was buried beneath it.

Then it struck me: this is the place where we are to bury our sin—all our sin—in an unmarked grave . . . never to be revisited or resurrected again.

The grace of the unmarked grave is the result of the truths of the Gospel.  When God forgives our sins because of the life, death, and resurrection of Christ, He not only forgives our sins, but He forgets them too!

In your love you kept me from the pit of destruction; you have put all my sins behind your back.  (Isaiah 38:17)

As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.  (Psalm 103:12)

You will again have compassion on us; you will tread our sins underfoot and hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea.  (Micah 7:19)

Scripture makes it clear that we are to bury our sins in an unmarked grave so we cannot revisit them over and over again.  Why?  Because God does not revisit them!  God has put all our sins behind His back, never to be in view.  He has removed our sins an infinite distance from us, because east and west never meet.  And God has hurled our sins into the deep.  He did not simply tip them over the side of the boat; God intentionally and forcefully hurled them all into the depths of the sea, never to be dredged up again.

In her book, Tramp for the Lord, Nazi death camp survivor Corrie Ten Boom wrote:

When I confessed [my sins] to the Father, Jesus Christ washed them in His blood. They are now cast into the deepest sea and a sign is put up that says,

NO FISHING ALLOWED.

That is the grace of the unmarked grave.  You see, what is important to God is not what we were, but rather what we are now.  We are His, having been fully forgiven and totally loved . . . from before the creation of the world.

Because God laid all of our sin on His precious Son, as He hung, nailed to cruel cross-beams, we can bury them all in an unmarked grave, never to be recalled or reviewed.  What a great grace we have been given by our God, who both forgives and refuses to remember our sins, now and forevermore!

This is the Gospel.  This is grace for your race.  NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!

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