Genuine repentance will be accompanied by humble confession of sin. "He who covers his sins will not prosper, but whosoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy." (Proverbs 28:13). If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." (1 John 1:9).
In the sanctuary service the repentant sinner placed his hands upon the head of an innocent lamb and confessed his sins. Thus, in symbol, his guilt was transferred from himself to the blameless victim. Then the lamb was slain and sacrificed upon the altar. When Jesus appeared upon earth John the Baptist declared of Him, "Behold! The lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!" (John 1:29). When we confess our sins, Jesus, as the Lamb of God, bears them for us and takes them away. In this way we are made free from the guilt of sin and its wages, which is death.
As Jesus was lifted up on the cross of Calvary He suffered and died on our behalf, a willing sacrifice for our salvation and eternal life. Hanging upon that cross, He secured our peace with God. As we behold the wonder of divine love displayed at Calvary that God would give His only begotten Son for the redemption of fallen man our hard, wicked hearts are made soft and gentle toward such a Lord of infinite love. We confess our sins in the light of His love, and He eagerly forgives. He now regards us as though we had never sinned. We are innocent and righteous in His sight.
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