"Hello, Arthur, What are you doing?"
"Digging a grave."
"Digging a grave? Who's dead? Bowser?"
"Not for your life, worse than that."
"Did your old cat die at last? I should think you'd be glad of that; you hated her so!"
"Worse than that too, Mary Jane, and I want you to go away and let me bury my dead myself. I'm ashamed of them."
But Mary Jane was one of those children who was very curious. She sat still and thought she would wait and see whom he put in the grave. Deeper and deeper Arthur dug until he had a hole two feet deep. Then he sat down by his solemn looking grave, drew a paper out of his pocket, opened it and began to read what seemed to be a long list of something, while tears ran down his cheeks.
Mary Jane could stand it no longer. "Arthur, whatever is the matter with you? Are you going daffy? What are you crying about? I'd like to know! Let me see that list." And in spite of all Arthur's efforts she got it away from him, and she read: Sins That Must Be Buried.
Mary Jane was dumfounded. "Arthur, whatever are you thinking about, burying this list of sins? Why they're in you, boy, and to get them buried for keeps, you'll have to bury yourself."
Arthur looked up through his tears. "Bury myself? Mary Jane, why it's you that's going daffy, not me!"
"Well, Arthur, it's all right to bury them, but not in dirt."
"Well, where can I bury them, so I'll never find them again?"
tell you," said Mary Jane. "Mother told me. 'God will cast all our sins into the
depths of the sea.' The reason God can forgive sin, Arthur, is because the Lord Jesus died
for our sins. 'He bore our sins in His body on the tree.' When you receive Him as your Saviour, He takes away your sins."
The Bible tells those who have received the Lord Jesus Christ as Saviour that--
God blots out our sins as a thick cloud (I have blotted out, as a thick cloud, thy transgressions, and, as a cloud, thy sins Isaiah 44:22).
God forgets our sins and remembers them no more (I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more. Jeremiah 31:34b).
God puts our sins behind His back (Thou hast cast all my sins behind thy back Isaiah 38:17).
God buries our sins in the depths of the sea (He will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea. Micah 7:19).
God removes our sins as far as the east is from the west (As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us. Psalm 103:12).
Blessed is he whose transgression is
forgiven, whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man unto whom the LORD imputeth not
Gone, Gone, Gone, Gone!
Yes, my sins are gone.
Now my soul is free, and in my heart's a song;
Buried in the deepest sea;
Yes, that's good enough for me;
I shall live eternally,
Praise God! my sins are GONE!
--by Helen Griggs
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