We tend to love only the way we want to love others even God. The Good News is we cannot truly love others but God can love us. God shows us the true love in Jesus, so take the authority Jesus gave us and give ONE MORE LOVE, ONE MORE PATIENCE & ONE MORE TRUST.
A: We tend to love only the way we want to love even toward God.
B: We want truly experience Loving Relationship with God and others
C:Take the authority of the Great Commission Jesus gave us, and live and do One More love, One More Patience, One More Trust…
1. Context of the story
- Conflicts between Jesus and Jerusalem leaders
- Jesus’ cleansing the temple
- Q: by what authority are you doing this?
2. Matter of Authority
- Where does the authority of Jesus come from?
- It’s divine authority
- What matters John’s authority? Is it from heaven? or human?
- Qs from the people who went to the river of Jordan: What shall I do?
- Q of leaders: By what authority are you doing this?
3. The Parable of two sons
- With which son do you relate? The one who said Yes to the Father’s will, but still don’t do? Or the one who didn’t really care about Father’s will but changed their Hearts & Minds and live a totally different life all because of His Grace?
4. A problem and the Good News-
- We cannot truly love,- But the Good News is God can. God shows us the true love through Jesus.
- Jesus promised to be with us always. So still now, with full authority in heaven & earth, He is encouraging us to LOVE God & others, not to build the fence & gate, but to tear down them by love. He is strengthening us to love, not to segregate them but help them to reconcile with God & with one another.
- So He is the One who truly make us to love. Thanks be to God!
Fairness has been a constant question throughout the human history even toward God. What is FAIR? Through the teachings of Jesus, we are going to discern attitude we should have.
1. Workers in the Vineyard the agreement between the owner and workers
- A Q of fairness from the workers* What is the context of the story?
- a rich young ruler’s Q:What shall I do to have eternal life? He went away saddened.
- But Peter’s Q: (Matthew 19:27) Look, we’ve left everything and followed you. What will we have?
2. What should be a right attitude as we follow Jesus?
- We tend to think that our presence this morning at church should be treated differently than those people who didn’t come to church this morning.
- Attitude of those who came earlier than other: Why are they grumbling though they received what they agreed?
- Because of no gratitude. Actually they did have when they were called, but soon it has been changed and disappeared. –
- The consequence of loosing the gratitude
- The first will be the last.
- Why are we doing what we are doing? What we need to restore is
(1) a right attitude of gratitude toward God
(2) a right attitude toward others
(3) awareness that we are serving the same generous owner.
(4) Partnership, not a competitive spirit
3. Paul’s example (Romans 1:14 NLT)”I have a great sense of obligation to people both the civilized world and the rest of the world, to the educated and uneducated.”-
- Paul knows what he did and what Jesus did forgive him.
- Q: Am I acting like Peter or Paul?- When we don’t have a right attitude with God or others, then our hearts are always in struggle and resentment. And our questions of FAIRNESS doesn’t end like a grumbling child.
- Good NEWS: God is not Fair! Because the one who give us more than what we deserve is not fair. Yes, He is still loving us not because what we did, but because God is love & gracious. All we need to do is just TRUST HIM in this journey together that HIS LOVE BRINGS ALL THINGS POSSIBLE. THANKS BE TO GOD!
Setting: We are called to look forward to see and lean into future, not to the calamity of the past. So forgiveness is necessary in life. But how can we forgive others, especially those who hurt us not accidentally but intentionally? What should be the motive of forgiveness?
1. How many times is enough?-
- Reconciliation: Last week’s lesson- Peter’s Q: How many time is enough? Seven is enough?-
- From the Jewish cultural perspective: Can we forgive more than 3 times?(Amos 1:3) “The Lord proclaims: For three crimes of Damascus, and for four, I won’t hold back the punishment.”-
- Jesus replied in v22 “Not just seven times, but rather as many as seventy time seven.”-
- Jesus didn’t mean 490 times, but he means we should forgive others AGAIN AND AGAIN as we trust the ONE who forgives us AGAIN AND AGAIN.
- Q: Are we living in the life of forgiveness through Jesus?
2.What should be the motive of forgiveness?
- Not just for peace and harmony with others.-
- As followers of Jesus, we do have more profound motive to forgive others.-
- That’s what Jesus taught us through a parable of the unforgiving servant.
3. The Parable of the Unforgiving Servant-
- Two servants: one who owed 10,000 talents and another who owed 100 denarius-
- CEB: 10,000 talents – 10,000 bags of gold / Each talent is worth 6,000 days of wages. 10K talents mean 60 Million days of wages. / No way to pay back that amount.-
- Denari: A day’s wage for the average worker at that time. 100 days of wages are a lot for the poor but it’s not possible to payback if the debtor want to pay back. –
- The one who owed 10K talents has received a totally unexpected gift he didn’t even ask. THE REMISSION OF DEBT.- It’s DEBT FREE LIFE! –
- But he didn’t forgive someone who owed him 100 denarius.
4. Applications of the Parable-
- How about us? How are Christians supposed to forgive?-
- A Q from the hill of the Calvary: Why is Jesus nailed to the cross?” Isn’t it for us?-
- John 19:30 “Jesus said, ‘it is completed.'” – TELEO in GREEK: “complete, finish, accomplish”, also used for paying taxes and debt.-
- What kind of debt is it? It is DEBT WE OWE TO GOD, SOMETHING WE CAN NOT PAY BACK by our efforts and works.- But Jesus PAID IT ALL!
5. WE FORGIVE OTHERS AS ONE WHO ALREADY HAS BEEN FORGIVEN-
- We forgive not because we are fearful that God is going to be mad if we don’t-
- We forgive others not by our generosity but out of humility as a forgiven one.-
- We forgot the gift of grace from time to time.-
- But the GOOD NEWS is when we come to Jesus, He is always ready to forgive us AGAIN AND AGAIN and welcome us.AND GOD WANTS US TO MOVE FORWARD NOT BY VIOLENCE, but BY HEALING, NOT BY JUDGEMENT BUT BY TRUST, NOT BY DESPAIR BUT HOPE, NOT BY DEATH BUT BY A NEW LIFE – A DEBT FREE LIFE!.THANKS BE TO GOD!!!
Conflict may happen everywhere in any human community. And unresolved conflicts are even in church and family life. How can we reconcile with one another and restore a loving relationship?
1. Context of the story
- Jesus is talking about sin against people not God.-
- Things to consider: What is the purpose of confrontation? V15 “If they don’t listen..”-
- In many cases, we try to win over to prove “I am right and you are wrong.”-
- Translations matter: NRSV – if the member listen to you “you have gained that person”, Message – “You’ve made a friend.”-
- How are we doing on this matter? Discerning God’s will and restore the loving relationship or Creating my version of the story and keep telling other until I win?
2. The way Jesus approaches
- It’s different than the word does in judicial system-
- First step: In private conversation. / Most of conflicts can be resolved in this first step, yet it is so common people skip this.-
- Second step: take witnesses. / The purpose of bringing witnesses is not share a stone to throw but for the reconciliation to regain that person.
3. Misunderstanding of teaching: “Treating them as a gentile and a tax collector
- Cultural hatred toward Gentiles and Tax collectors who were working for the Roman Empire.-
- Jesus was willing to be a friend of them.-
- The main point of Jesus’ teaching: his care for God’s church – his people.-
- An example of Zacchaeus: What made the transformation of Zacchaeus?
4. A Q to ponder: How are we following Jesus?
- The way I want to follow?- The way we want to follow?- OR the way Jesus taught us and did?-
- The way Jesus did is challenging us today.-
- But the Good News is when we treat other like how Jesus did to Gentiles and Tax collectors, we may encounter Jesus. Because Jesus is with them and for them.
5. Peaceful and Loving Relationship with Everyone
- But we may be in conflict from time to time, and confrontation is not favorable for many of us.-
- The Great News is God knows it’s not easy and promised in V19. –
- In here, “anything” is not a blank check for everything. / In Greek, PRAGMA, which means legal terminology of matter. / It means God knows it’s difficult to agree in dispute. That’s why Jesus promises in v 20. “For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there with them.”-
- Is anyone who has disturbed heart in relationship?”-
- Shall we take it as an opportunity to experience God’s love and grace while walking in love and pray together?
Conflict is everywhere in human community. Unresolved conflicts may also happen everywhere even in church and family: in a silent corner or in parking lot. How can we reconcile with one another and restore a loving relationship? You are invited to the message of Jesus thru the gospel of Matthew 18:15-20.