“He shall see of the travail of His soul, and shall be satisfied: by His knowledge shall My righteous servant justify many; for He shall bear their iniquities.” – Isaiah 53:11.
This verse speaks of the stress and emotional turmoil that Jesus suffered in the trial of His crucifixion. Think about what happened in the Garden of Gethsemane. While in prayer, the Bible says that Jesus sweat “became like great drops of blood” (Luke 22:44), because of the severity of the stress He was under. But it wasn’t just about stress or fear of crucifixion. Jesus’ sweat blood, because He was bearing the effects that sin had on the mind of man. This is what I believe happened in the Garden of Gethsemane. He took the emotional travail that we had suffered under sin. The memory and regret of our sin, the shame, the guilt, the sorrow…all of this Jesus bore in His own mind on our behalf. And the weight of our sin on His mind was so heavy, that He sweat blood. In Matthew 26:38, Jesus said that His soul was “exceedingly sorrowful”. I believe Jesus said this because He was fulfilling the prophecy of Isaiah 53:11. So what does this mean for us? Redemption.
Most Christians live their entire lives, after being saved, with the stain of sin still on their mind. They’re constantly revisiting the man or woman they were in the past. They’re constantly reminded of what happened in the past, even though Jesus redeemed them from the past. The Bible says that He made things so radically new that we actually are supposed to forget the former things (Isaiah 43:18). God said that He will make us “forget the shame of our youth” (Isaiah 54:4). The Bible says that God “remembers our sins no more” (Hebrews 8:12, Isaiah 43:25, Jeremiah 31:34). If God doesn’t remember your sins, why would He want you to revisit them? Why would God remind you of something that He’s forgotten? When God forgets, He really FORGETS. Period. God does not remind us of our sins to keep us humble. That would make Him a liar. Nonetheless, a lot of Christians still believe that God is always trying to remind us of our sinfulness to keep us humble. This is totally false!
If God forgot your sins, He cannot remind you of them. That leaves God out of the picture. That means only the devil is the one who’s trying to cause you to mentally revisit what happened in the past, what you did in the past, or how you were hurt in the past. The devil does this to get you into a guilty self-consciousness that causes you to forget about God’s redeeming grace. The devil uses the memory of sin to isolate you from God’s love. We cannot afford to give such memories any place in our mind. We have to choose to believe that the Blood of Jesus was enough to truly set us free. Jesus didn’t bear our iniquities in His mind for nothing. Guilt and shame will actually cause you to belittle the power of the blood of Jesus. The devil wants to get you into unbelief — to make you believe that the blood of Jesus wasn’t enough. Emotional turmoil from the past has nothing to do with God. The problem is a twisted belief system that’s inspired by a religious sin-consciousness, which is falsely called humility. Jesus went through that kind of sorrow and labor in His mind so that He could put away the emotional effects of sin forever. He didn’t just die to put away the punishment of sin; He died to put away the memory and stain of sin as well. This is why Jesus suffered such trauma and anguish in Gethsemane. He was fulfilling the ancient the scriptures, which foretold that the Messiah would bear the labor of our soul, in taking our sins upon Himself.
No longer do we have the right to believe, as Christians, that we still must retain a memory of who we were in the past because the Bible teaches that the old man died…God killed him…forever. The Bible says in Hebrews 9:12-14, “If the blood of bulls and goats and the ashes of a heifer for the sprinkling of the unclean, sanctifies for the purification of the flesh, how much more shall the blood of Jesus, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God.” It says He cleansed your conscience. That’s your mind. He spilled His blood to cleanse you from all the deadness of sin — everything you did, everything you were, everything done to you and by you. The entirety of the past, present, and future is covered by the Blood of Jesus. Jesus took your sin and other’s sins against you in His own mind so that you could be emotionally free — so that you could finally find rest…redemption of the mind. The blood of Jesus washes your mind, washes your memory; it washes your self-image. That’s what the blood of Jesus was always intended to do. That’s what Jesus died to accomplish. It’s not just about forgiving you. It’s about washing your mind, will, and emotions of the entirety of who you were. The memory and stain of sin were forever buried, never to be resurrected.
However, your experience of this redemption all depends on your decision to believe this truth (1 John 5:3, Acts 26:18, 1 Thessalonians 2:15). This is the reality…it’s not just perception. God doesn’t just see you as clean. It’s a reality of who you are in Christ. If we don’t experience this, it’s because of a twisted belief system. It’s because of a religious indoctrination that has made us falsely believe that the memory of sin is a form of humility; as if God is trying to discipline you. That is a stupid belief! It makes me mad! It depreciates the blood of Jesus!
Hebrews 10:22 — “Let us draw near [to God] with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.”
This verse means that we are expected to fully and completely believe that what Jesus did was more than enough to truly make us clean. We are to draw near to God in full assurance that the blood of Jesus was enough. This assurance — this conviction — is what causes us to experience the reality of having our hearts washed from an evil, guilty, regretful and shameful conscience. The only way we will ever have the confidence to draw near to God without shame and free from sin, is if we have full assurance of faith…that means we are 100% sure, without compromise, that the blood of Jesus was enough. Jesus took labor in His soul so that you could find rest in yours.
We need to have our self-image renovated by God’s Word. We need to have everything we were ripped out of our self-image. We have to undergo redemption. Jesus made this possible. We only need to trust His Word and feed on the truth until we see what He paid for come to fruition in our own lives. Jesus comes in, through the Holy Spirit, and He cleans up. He makes everything new. But we have to believe it. We cannot trust one religious tradition. We cannot trust any denominational doctrine. We have to trust the Bible. The gospel is all things being made new (2 Corinthians 5:17)…and this includes our mind and emotions.