Declarations of Pardon Based on Scripture:
Based on Isaiah 44:
Through the voice of the prophet Isaiah, God says, “Remember these things, O Jacob, and Israel, for you are my servant; I formed you, you are my servant; O Israel, you will not be forgotten by me. I have swept away your transgressions like a cloud, and your sins like mist; return to me, for I have redeemed you.”
Let us believe this good news: in Jesus Christ, we are forgiven.
Based on Psalm 103 and Hebrews 10:
The LORD is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. As far as the east is from the west,
so far has he removed our transgressions from us. “We have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.” This is God’s gospel promise: to forgive our sins and give us eternal life by grace alone because of Christ’s one sacrifice finished on the cross. Thanks be to God!
Based on Isaiah 52:
“Break forth together into singing, you ruins of Jerusalem; for the Lord has comforted his people, he has redeemed Jerusalem. The Lord has bared his holy arm before the eyes of all the nations; and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God.”
People of God, through the coming of Jesus Christ, whose birth we celebrate, the Lord has comforted and redeemed us too! In Christ we receive the salvation of our God. Glory to God in the highest!
Based on Psalm 145:
The Psalmist sings, “The LORD is faithful in all his words, and gracious in all his deeds. The LORD upholds all who are falling, and raises up all who are bowed down.” Believe the good news: In Jesus Christ, we are forgiven.
Declarations of Pardon Based on Historical Liturgies:
Based on Martin Bucer’s Strasbourg Liturgy:
This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptance: that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.
Let everyone, with St. Paul, truly acknowledge this in their heart and believe in Christ. Thus, in His name, I proclaim to you the forgiveness of all your sins, and declare you to be loosed of them on earth, so that you are also loosed of them in heaven, in eternity. Amen.