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God is Our Only Savior
Isaiah, in this 43rd chapter, reiterates that God is our only savior. He alone redeems us from our enemies of sin and death. It is he who we are to honor with our whole hearts, our whole minds, and our whole strength. And if we do this, he will restore us, even from our failings and faults. Today’s passage is really dear to us. “I, I am he who blots out your transgressions for my sake, and I will not remember your sins.” In this passage he declares his intentions toward us intimately. He makes a promise to us in his name, the name he gave to Moses on Mt. Sinai, “I Am.” It is in this name that all things find their being. And he is always true to his name. It is in the image of this name that we are made. This is why he says that he blots out our transgressions for “my sake.” It is because of this knowledge that our hearts can take refuge in him. It is the reason why our hearts can be assured, comforted, and encouraged. Do we hear what God is saying to us here? He says that he not only blots out our sins for his sake, but that he “will not remember” them. These words humble us. We know ourselves as sinners, we know the pain of our own guilt. Our consciences have burned within us and we have known our great need for forgiveness often. Yet we often find it difficult, sometimes seemingly impossible, to forgive ourselves, or those who sin against us. When we hear God say to us here in Isaiah that he will not only “blot out our transgressions, but that he “will not remember” them, do we believe these powerful words? God is…