Sunday Sermon: March 29, 2020

Pastor Bryan George

It is a good day to die to…Bitterness

Scripture: Luke 17:3-4, Leviticus 16:20-22

Focus: In the midst of deep relational pain, our Lord offers a path of healing. In his example of graciously taking away the obstacles that separate us from God, we can learn how to bridge the gaps that we put up between one another.  

I)  The Gift of  Forgiveness: Inspiring Stories from Those who have Overcome the Unforgivable

  • So many layers of forgiveness: Mortgages, accidents, neglect, abuse.

II) Wrestling with bitterness

  • Some relationships will never be repaired because of a lack of desire on the other part
    • The alternative to forgiveness is clinging to bitterness and hatred
  • Bonhoeffer: “In a word, live together in the forgiveness of your sins, for without it no human fellowship, least of all a marriage, can survive. Don’t insist on your rights, don’t blame each other, don’t judge or condemn each other, don’t find fault with each other, but accept each other as you are, and forgive each other every day from the bottom of your hearts…”

III) What does it mean to “forgive?”

  • “send away”- link to Leviticus 16 and the dramatic act of releasing a scapegoat

IV) How does the death of Jesus on a cross have anything to do with us today?

  • The need for atonement (making amends) for the separation of sin
    • God in the flesh shows the sacrificial love needed to melt a hard heart
    • God in the flesh satisfies the justice of God to stand in our place of judgment
  • The Hope of the Cross of Jesus
    • The forgiveness offered on the cross is the means to heal a broken world

V) Clinging to a hurt or working for release of bondage of our heart         

  • Jeanne Bishop: “Tell me what trying to reconcile with someone who isn’t sorry would even look like!” He paused, then said simply, “It would look like Jesus on the cross.”