The parable of the Unforgiving Servant spells out in severe terms the necessity of forgiving those who wrong us “from the heart”. An issue that arises here is the very real difficulty people can have in bringing themselves to forgive.
When we sing together as a fellowship, we join the reality hinted at by the coming of the wise men to Jesus. We who are not ethnic sons and daughters of Israel have joined the ‘wise men’ in their wisdom when we come to Christ and raise our voices together to him. One day we will join that multitude of Revelation 7. Today we sing as a small sample of that.
The Christian faith frequently conflicts with current ideas. Given this has happened since Christianity’s inception, this should neither surprise nor dismay us. Rather, we should establish its difficult teachings in our hearts and minds so we can preserve them, present them, and faithfully pass them on.
The wise men were prompted to travel far and bring costly gifts and worship him because of what they understood about this new-born Jesus.
Jesus presents wise living in a new light – instead of measuring wisdom by success in everyday life, it is measured by the practise of his word.
Being a ‘scribe of the Kingdom’ today do not need to be limited to the professional scholars and Bible teachers
In the fourth and final scenario of Jesus’ parable of the sower we come to the ideal outcome for someone hearing the message of the kingdom.
Spot your weeds, and pull them out.
On what do we base our confidence of persevering in the faith?
It is one thing to reject Jesus because one dislikes him, but quite another to base that decision on a misunderstanding of him.