Finding forgiveness

One evening in May 2003 a safety camera on the M11 recorded a speeding offence. Nearly 10 years later the man who was driving and his wife, who was not, are in prison for perverting the course of justice. The original offence would have attracted a £60 fine and possible disqualification for the driver. The attempt to get away with it has led to prison sentences for two people.

The case of Chris Huhne and Vicky Pryce makes very sad reading. Vicky agreed to say that she was driving when the speeding offence took place so that Chris would avoid a driving ban and succeed in his attempt to become an MP. For seven years it seemed as if they had got away with it until, in summer 2010, Chris told Vicky that he was leaving her to live with another woman. Vicky, who was deeply hurt by Chris’s unfaithfulness, decided to get revenge by leaking the story to the press. She intended to wreck his political career but had not anticipated that she, too, would be implicated.

In the book of Genesis we are told about the first sin. God created Adam, and his wife, Eve. They lived in a beautiful garden. Adam worked in the garden and he and Eve were free to eat from all the trees except one, the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. One day they disobeyed God’s command and this had devastating consequences for them and for us all. When God confronted them with their disobedience Adam blamed Eve, and Eve blamed the serpent who had deceived her. Their sin affected their happy relationship with God and with each other.

We are all tempted to try to get away with the wrong things we have done rather than to face them and seek forgiveness. Because we do not immediately face God’s judgement we assume that our sinful actions don’t matter, but one day we will all be called to account for what we have done. When God sent Adam and Eve from his presence he gave them a promise that one day a Saviour would come who would reverse the tragic events of Eden. Jesus Christ is that Saviour. On the Cross he took our place and suffered the punishment we deserve. God’s promise to each of us is that if we confess our sins to him and trust in his Son as our Saviour our open and our secret sins will all be forgiven.