Isaiah 38:17 You yourself have spared my whole being
from the pit of destruction,
because you have cast all my sins
behind your back.
Christian comes before God on Sunday morning. “What are you doing carrying around those old things?” God asks.
“What old things?” Christian asks. “You mean these? Surely you don’t want these old sins of mine. Some of these go back decades. They are my constant companions. I’ve gotten quite comfortable with them. Oh, occasionally they give me a prick, but I just shift them around and soon I hardly notice them at all.”
“I don’t mean to insult your intelligence,” God says, “But you are an idiot. You claim to be Christian. You were baptized for the forgiveness of sins. You come up to the railing and receive my Son’s body and blood for the forgiveness of sins. And yet you hold onto these. When you confess your sins, these you hold back. Why?”
Christian shrugs his shoulders, “I don’t know. I guess I just don’t want to let them go. But okay, here they are.”
God grabs them out of Christian’s hand before he changes his mind, throws them behind his back where they land at the foot of the cross.
Christian: “Wow, thanks, that’s a load off. I should have done that a long time ago.”
God asks, “Done what?”
Christian: “Given those sins to you.”
God: “What sins? I don’t remember any sins.”
Christian: “Okay. Thanks anyway. See you next week.”
God: “I’ll be here.”