Each week, the pastor who preaches posts a brief synopsis of the sermon for you to see the main points made during the sermon on Sunday morning.
March 10, 2019
Two weeks ago a $686 million PowerBall was won by two winners. Imagine winning $343 million. I am sorry, but I cannot get my head around that much money. Can you?
Jesus uses the highest amount of money in his day, 10,000 talents. This number was owed to a king by a slave. (How did this happen?) The slave begs for mercy and the king forgives the debt. Wow! But then that same slave goes out and cannot forgive a fellow slave a 100 denarii debt. Double wow! The parable is meant shock us by the numbers used and by the act of forgiveness and the lack of forgiveness.
The 18th chapter of Matthew is a series of Confirmation lessons. How to do church discipline. How many times must I forgive my brother? And then this parable. So what can we learn?
- Forgiveness is not a prerequisite to salvation (Jesus has done this already). For how many of us still hold grudges over how someone has wronged us in the past? We would fail!
- We are reminded of what God has done in Jesus to forgive our slate of sins. As we have been forgiven, may we, through the power of the Spirit, forgive our brothers and sisters. God’s grace begs grace from us. Amen.