Then He said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.”
And those who sat at the table with Him began to say to themselves,
“Who is this who even forgives sins?”
Then He said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you. Go in peace.”
Be forgiven! Seems like a strange way to say it, but that’s the message of Jesus here. The sins that defined your life, the sins that others used to judge you, the sins that you used to keep yourself down—they are all forgiven! Now go in peace.
Go in peace. Sounds really good. Sounds easy. But it isn’t, is it? It’s work to live a forgiven life. People remind us. The world reminds us. Our flesh still seems to need what we used to do. Everywhere we go our sin accuses us. It almost doesn’t matter that it is in the past. Almost.
But it is in the past. In fact, our sin is gone. No longer attached to us except by lies. Just because the liars (even the one in your own head that speaks with your voice) say that the sin is still there and still requires penance, that does not make it true. We can and should walk in freedom and forgiveness.
But what about the sins we still do? How many of our sins are forgiven? Most, some, only those in the past? All! There is only one source of forgiveness and only one thing that Person did for you. Jesus took your sins—past, present, future—to the cross and forgave them all. Your forgiveness is total and forever or it just doesn’t count for anything. What good would it have done for Jesus to die for only the sins you did before?
I have a favorite question I like to ask: How much sin is on your account right now? The only answer the believer can give is: NONE! So, go and live the forgiven life! Go in peace.