Who is a God like you, who pardons sin and forgives the transgression of the remnant of his inheritance? You do not stay angry forever but delight to show mercy. 19 You will again have compassion on us; you will tread our sins underfoot and hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea. 20 You will be faithful to Jacob, and show love to Abraham, as you pledged on oath to our ancestors in days long ago. (Micah 7:18-20)
What leads you to celebrate? Is it watching your favorite team or player do well in a competition? Is it accomplishing something great on your own? Is it the good fortune of others?
Micah today sings a hymn of praise in celebration. A great victory was won, but it wasn’t a victory in athletics or even of an earthly achievement. This victory was spiritual. Micah looking forward in history saw Christ’s victory over our sins and this led him to celebrate.
Micah, before Jesus was even born, saw that Christ was going to come and that he was going to save the world from the eternal punishment our sins deserved. We live after Christ came and can see for ourselves in God’s Word that Jesus accomplished his mission.
Christ took away our sins just like he promised and the contest wasn’t even close. Micah describes just how powerless our sinfulness is to God’s faithful love. Our sins were trampled on, subdued, tossed away, and destroyed. They are no match for our Savior and so we have nothing to fear when it comes to wondering if we are truly forgiven. Because of our God’s faithful love, we can rejoice always knowing that when we wait for the Lord by following him he will deliver us from this evil world and give us a much better place in heaven. On that day our enemies will be the ones in shame because they failed to listen to the Lord.
Micah’s celebration is our celebration as well. It is the reason why we gather to worship: to celebrate Christ’s victory over our sins. However, our celebration isn’t short lived, much like some of the accomplishments we may have here on earth. Everything we do here will only last temporarily. If our team wins there is always a new season or a new challenger to their crown. If we accomplish something there is always something else, we need to accomplish. If someone received good fortune, there is also tragedy to take its place. Christ won a victory that lasts longer than this life into eternity because Christ won the victory over our sins. With Christ doing all the work we know that we can celebrate.
Christ really did toss our sins away when he died on the cross. Our sins can no longer subdue or rule over us because they are no more. Christ has given us this victory that he earned on our behalf. This is ours and as we remain in Christ it will never be taken away from us.
So, celebrate your victory and never stop no matter what.
Happy to know that Christ gave me something that will last forever, just like you!
Pastor Jacob Hanneman