By the blood of Christ, God made remission of our sins (Heb. 10:14-18; Matt. 26:28). That is how our sins were blotted out. He did it. Christ shed His blood. It is done. The LORD tells us what He did. Now He says, “Put me in remembrance!” Bring it before me. Tell me of it! Speak of it often! Bring Christ’s sin-atoning blood to God every time you come. Talk of Christ one to another (Mal. 3:16). In doing so, know that it is what Christ did, and because God received Him, that He blotted out the sins of His people. We are “justified by His blood” (Rom. 5:9). “He was delivered for our offenses, and raised again for our justification” (Rom. 4:25). Therefore, make this your prayer. Come to God in your heart now by the sin-atoning, sin-blotting out, sin-remitting, justifying blood of Christ (Heb. 10:14-19). "Remember not against us former iniquities" (Ps. 79:8). Ask Him to consider Christ alone, and so receive you for His sake. God considers only Christ for His people. And all that He thinks of His people is what He thinks of His Son. God sees His Son and His people as one (Luke 18:13; 1 Cor. 1:30; Jer. 23:5-6; Php. 3:9; Heb. 7:22; Eph. 5:30).
It is God who designed that Christ should bear the sins of His people (Isa. 53:6). It was for His Father’s sake that He bore their guilt and shame, and paid the debt their crimes accrued at the accounting of God’s justice (Ps. 69:7; Rom. 2:5). It was God who provided Christ. It was God who laid the iniquity of His people on Him (Isa. 53:6). It was God who poured out His wrath on His Son when He bore their sins as the sin-bearing Lamb of God, God’s Chosen and anointed to save (Ps. 89:19; 1 Pet. 2:24). It was God who received His payment as compensation for them (Isa. 53:5; Matt. 20:28). It was God who raised Him from the dead. It was God who sent His messengers with this glad news to sinners far and wide (2 Cor. 5:20-21). And it is God who now tells us to put Him in remembrance of what He did in Christ (Isa. 43:26).
God cannot forget His Son. He cannot forget the covenant that He made with Christ, and all who were given to Him as their covenant Head, with whom that covenant was made in His blood (Ps. 89:3; 106:45; Jer. 14:21; Rom. 5:19; Heb. 13:20; Matt. 26:28). No, He cannot forget those He gave to Christ (Isa. 49:15; John 10:29). He cannot forget which sins He laid on His Son. It was all the sins of those He gave to Christ to save (Isa. 53:5-8; Matt. 1:21; 10:28; John 10:15, 1 John 1:7). He cannot forget the wrath His justice demanded and which He poured out on His Son (Ps. 85:1-3; Isa. 12:1-3; Rom. 5:9; 8:32). He cannot forget the loving obedience of His Son, which, when He was made sin and a reproach because of the sins of His people, and when God poured out His just wrath on Him, He trusted His God (Job. 13:15; Ps. 22:8; Matt. 27:43; 1 Pet. 2:23-24). He cannot forget Christ’s prayers for His sheep, those the Father entrusted to Him to save, to keep, to feed, to bring and to give eternal life (John 17). He cannot forget His promises that He made to Christ, and to whom those promises were made in Christ before the foundation of the world (2 Tim. 1:9). He cannot forget His people (Isa. 49:15-16). Now, though our great God and Father cannot forget, yet He tells us to put Him in remembrance in order that we might not forget that He considers Christ alone; that He looks only to Christ for His people. He tells us this that we would put our trust in Christ alone, to look only to Christ, and confess that we are sinners, and that God’s perfections are so magnified in the death of His Son, that nothing in all of creation and eternity could be more resplendent than the glory of God that we see in our Savior’s substitutionary, sin-atoning, justice-satisfying, God-pleasing obedience unto death (Eph. 5:2; Php. 2:6-11; 2 Cor. 4:6).
It is what God thinks that makes all the difference. He will do all His thoughts (Isa. 14:24; Ps. 33:11). And it is knowing what God thinks of His Son, that for Christ’s sake alone He receives sinners to His great joy, that believing sinners enjoy eternal comfort and unspeakable joy.
Christ crucified is thus the only object and food of God-given faith (John 6:35, 47-58). Therefore, the thief on the cross prayed to Jesus, saying, “Lord, remember me!” He thought, “If Christ thinks of me in saving love and grace, that will be enough, beyond all that I could think or ask” (Ps. 79:8-9; 106:4-5; 139:17; Isa. 49:15-16; Eph. 3:20; 1 Cor. 2:9-10)!
Knowing that the Lord of glory tells me, a sinner, to put Him in remembrance of Christ’s redeeming blood, and to come to Him with Christ, as it were, in this hand of God-given faith, according to His word (1 Pet. 1:18-25; 1 Cor. 15:1-4), makes me love Him in adoring wonder and worship (Ps. 116:12-13)!
Eternal days and eternity itself will be too short to praise our glorious Savior that He remembered and that He remembers, and pins all of the hopes of poor sinners on Christ in His redeeming sufferings and death, by which He blotted out all of our sins! Blessed be His glorious name forever and ever!