You can’t fight sin with a guilty conscience. At best you’ve got a hand tied behind your back while the enemy comes rushing in.
So how do you get both hands free? By believing and receiving the forgiveness of God.
In Hebrews it says we have an anchor within the veil. Do you know what that means? It means you have an anchor in Heaven, in the Most Holy Place. It means you have a direct, unbreakable chain that goes all the way to the throne of God in eternity, that cannot be broken, that cannot come loose. This is because it is anchored to Jesus who is seated at the right hand of the Father. And Jesus will reign until every enemy has been put beneath His feet, which includes every one of our sins.
This is why Paul can exclaim: What can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus? How can you get lost in the stormy seas of this world if you have an anchor within the veil? You can’t.
That anchor that runs from your heart all the way to heaven is inscribed with one word over and over and over and over. It seals every link of that unbreakable chain: And that word is forgiven, forgiven, forgiven, forgiven.
What have you done? What have you looked at? What have you thought? What words have come out of your mouth? Do you regret it? Are you sorry? Do want to be clean? Jesus says, behold I make all things new.
Jesus gave us this meal because He knew what we needed to hear. In fact, He knew that hearing it wouldn’t be enough for stubborn sinners. So He commanded us to eat it and drink it. What are you about to eat and drink? You’re about to eat and drink God’s declaration of the remission of all of your sins. With every bite, with every swallow: hear and taste the word: forgiven, forgiven, forgiven. And this is why you are most welcome here.
Use both hands. Both of your hands are free.
So come and welcome to Jesus Christ.