One of my favorite lines from the hymns that we often sing in church was written by Horatio Spafford in 1873. It is the third stanza in the hymn, “It Is Well With My Soul,” which says:
My sin—oh, the bliss of this glorious thought!—
My sin, not in part but the whole,
Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more,
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!
The Bible says that on the cross, Jesus was made to be sin in my place so that I could become His righteousness. Salvation is a great exchange. Jesus took on my sin so that I could be made righteous. As Christians, the cross ought to be a vivid reminder to us that our sin has been dealt with by Christ and full atonement has been made. And yet we easily forget the depth of His sacrifice, don’t we? Legalism often leads us to try to self-atone, which only compounds our guilt and shame.
If you have come to the cross of Jesus for salvation, and if you are trusting in Him alone, then you can leave your sin at the cross because the price for your redemption has been paid, not partially–but fully! My sin, not in part but the whole! It has been nailed to the cross and I bear it no longer. You and I can be released from the guilt of sin because the debt has been paid and we have been forgiven. Praise the Lord, O my soul!
For more, read Romans 5:6-8; 2 Corinthians 5:21