Far Away

Luke 1:1-25, Leviticus 16-18

Leviticus 16:22 – The goat shall bear all their iniquities on itself to a remote area, and he shall let the goat go free in the wilderness.

O Lord, Jesus, you are the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.  You have taken all my sins on yourself.  You have taken them outside the camp and have paid the penalty for all of them there.  For me.  And not just for me but for the whole world.  And yet, dear Jesus, I still struggle to know the peace that comes from this forgiveness of sins.  I still remember the things that I’ve done, the things that I’ve said.  Guilt still lingers from past sins.  Shame still covers my heart because of what I’ve done.  Help me to see that my sins have been thoroughly and completely transferred to you.  You have borne all my sins and all my guilt.  And you have separated my sins from me as far as the east is from the west.  God is not seeking to get even with me because of what I’ve done. There is no more divine comeuppance.  All of that was poured out on you, dear Jesus.  With you there is forgiveness.  And where there is forgiveness, there is peace. Grant it to me today, dear Jesus. You have already removed my sin and guilt from my conscience, I pray, by your Holy Spirit wash it from my mind that the guilty feelings no longer remain.  I am forgiven.  I am clean. There are no more sins on my record.  Thank you for taking my sins away from me.  Amen.