We have been thinking about that word remission lately. In Claire’s type of cancer there are varying forms of remission: partial, very good partial, complete and a stringent complete remission. As near as we can tell Claire’s remission may be complete, which is very good news. But the good news comes with a significant asterisk. Complete doesn’t mean one hundred percent gone. In other words, Claire’s remission is very good but most likely only temporary. The cancer while defeated at this point is still lingering in her blood and most likely will return in a slightly different and mutated form. Unless research provides a new treatment, the cancer cells will always be lurking in her blood and trying to rebuild. Her remission, regardless of the medical terminology is only temporary.
God does not forgive our sins only partially or only some of our sins but holds back his forgiveness on others. Now we still sin; there’s no question about that. But God’s forgiveness of our sins is complete; it is one hundred percent! All – every single one, from the smallest to the most awful – of our sins are completely removed, gone!
And they are not just gone temporarily either. The complete remission means that they are gone forever. The cure that Jesus brings to our sin-sick souls is permanent. We don’t have to worry about sin making a comeback in the eyes of God. Again, yes, we do sin and will continue to sin until Jesus comes again, but the forgiveness is permanent and eternal. It never lapses or stops working.
I suspect for Claire and I, the Lord’s Supper will now always have a fresh meaning as a result of our struggle with cancer. Claire has a temporary remission from cancer, but all who believe in Jesus as Savior and live for him as their Lord have complete, total, 100 percent, eternal remission from our sin and guilt! Thanks be to God!