He Bore Our Sins

1 Peter Chapter 2 Verses 21-25

For you have been called for this purpose, since Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example for you to follow in His steps, WHO COMMITTED NO SIN, NOR WAS ANY DECEIT FOUND IN HIS MOUTH; and while being reviled, He did not revile in return; while suffering, He uttered no threats, but kept entrusting Himself to Him who Judges righteously; and He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed.

For you were continually straying like sheep, but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Guardian of your souls.    (NASB)

In Christ,

Stephen and Mary

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He is Risen

Matthew Chapter 28 Verse 6 – He is not here, for He has risen, just as He said.  Come, see the place where He was lying.         

1 Corinthians Chapter 15 Verse 6   After that He appeared to more than five hundred brethren at one time, most of whom remain until now, but some have fallen asleep.    (NASB)     

Did you know that Jesus’ appeared to over 500 people after He rose from the dead!  500 people saw the risen Savior!

In Christ,

Stephen and Mary

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No Good Thing

Psalm 84 Verses  11-12

For the LORD God is a sun and shield;  The LORD gives grace and glory;  No good thing does He withhold from those who walk uprightly.   O LORD of hosts, how blessed is the man who trusts in You!         (NASB)     

In Christ,

Stephen and Mary

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A Heart Issue

Matthew 18 Verse 31-35   So when his fellow slaves saw what had happened, they were deeply grieved and came and reported to their lord all that had happened.  Then summoning him, his lord said to him, ‘You wicked slave, I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded with me.  Should you not also have had mercy on your fellow slave, in the same way that I had mercy on you?’

And his lord, moved with anger, handed him over to the torturers until he should repay all that was owed him. 

My heavenly Father will also do the same to you, if each of you does not forgive his brother from your heart.”                  (NASB)     

What does Jesus tell us here?   We must forgive from our heart.   When we realize how much we have been forgiven of by our LORD, we in turn should forgive those around us.   We should not hold grudges, no matter how good it may feel at first, as that only leads to torment.

Remember Jesus’ words when He was hanging on the cross, “Father, forgive them because they do not know what they do.”   – Luke 23:34

How merciful our LORD is!

Remember the words He taught us to pray, “Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors.”   – Matthew 6:12

Remember . . . nothing is impossible with GOD and He can and will help us to forgive from our heart.

Dear Lord, please have mercy on us.  Thank you for dying on the cross for our sins.  Thank you for forgiving us of all our sins and casting them into the depths of the sea.   Help us to forgive those who sinned against us, and may those we have sinned against forgive us.  You are a merciful and just Judge.   Amen

In Christ,

Stephen and Mary

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How Absurd!

Matthew 18 Verse 28-30   But that slave went out and found one of his fellow slaves who owed him a hundred denarii; and he seized him and began to choke him, saying, ‘Pay back what you owe.’ 

So his fellow slave fell to the ground and began to plead with him, saying, ‘Have patience with me and I will repay you.’

The first slave mentioned above is the one we discussed yesterday who had just been forgiven 10,000 talents and now he purposely went after another one of his fellow slaves for 100 denarii!?!?    Remember from yesterday that 1 talent = 15 years wages for a slave, so the first slaves debt was astronomical – a debt he could never pay.   This second servant owed only 100 denarii.   The value of 1 denarii is equivalent to 1 days wages for a servant, so in total the second slave owed 100 days wages to the first slave.   The servant who had just been forgiven an unfathomable amount was now unwilling to extend the same forgiveness to his fellow servant.

Seems ridiculous, doesn’t it?   Yet, how many times do we do the same exact same thing?

Remember this is a parable that Jesus was using to illustrate the importance of Forgiveness.   The King represents the Lord, both slaves represent Christians.   We see a Christian who was forgiven by the LORD of a debt he could never pay (our sin) who was then unwilling to forgive someone else of something far less significant.   Jesus used this illustration to point out the absurdity of an unforgiving heart.

Are you harboring any unforgiveness today?   If so, forgive from your heart and release that burden to the LORD.  Forgive so that you too can live in the freedom and peace that comes from forgiveness!

In Christ,

Stephen and Mary

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But he was unwilling and went and threw his fellow slave in prison until he should pay back what was owed.           (NASB

Ten Thousand Talents

Matthew 18 Verse 23-27   For this reason the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his slaves.  When he had begun to settle them, one who owed him ten thousand talents was brought to him. 

But since he did not have the means to repay, his lord commanded him to be sold, along with his wife and children and all that he had, and repayment to be made.

 So the slave fell to the ground and prostrated himself before him, saying, ‘Have patience with me and I will repay you everything.’  And the lord of that slave felt compassion and released him and forgave him the debt.   (NASB)     

This past Sunday our Pastor continued with the “Forgiveness” theme in the Gospel of Matthew.    Did you know . . . One talent was 15 years of wages for a servant?   Did you know . . . The tabernacle was overlaid with 39 talents of gold?   Did you know . . . Solomon’s temple was overlaid with 3,000 talents of gold?   10,000 talents  was astronomical!   In today’s terms it would be “zillions of dollars!”  That slave could never repay the debt that he owed even though he asked the king to have patience with him so he could repay it.

The king had compassion on him, released him, and forgave him the debt, even though the slave did not deserve it. Wow!  What a burden to be lifted off of that slave.  Released from paying a debt that was impossible to pay!

Keep this parable in your mind and we will continue with it tomorrow.

In Christ,

Stephen and Mary

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Forgiveness

Matthew 18 Verses 21-22    Then Peter came to Him and asked, “Lord, how often should I forgive someone who sins against me?  Seven times?”

“No, not seven times,” Jesus replied, “but seventy times seven!”  (NLT)

Last week our pastor taught from the above scriptures.   Did you know that Peter thought he was being very gracious when he asked the Lord if he should forgive seven times because  of an old rabbi tradition?  The rabbis based that tradition from the book of Amos.   So when Jesus said, “No, seventy times seven,” I am sure it took Peter by surprise.

Jesus was telling Peter and us that forgiveness is to be a continual thing.   Wow! And some people think that Christianity is for wimps. One of the hardest things to do as a Christian is to forgive. And as we will see tomorrow, the Lord requires us to forgive from our hearts.

But don’t be discouraged because even though we cannot forgive in our own strength, we can through Christ – Who gives us strength!   Jesus tells us to ask anything in His Name according to His will and He will do it.  Forgiveness is God’s will for all of us, so all we have to do is ask for His help.

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In Christ,

Stephen and Mary

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