Only a little over a week till Christmas, then another week and it’s a new year – where has the year gone?
Have you ever found it hard to forgive someone? I’m sure we all have. In our text this morning, Peter asked Jesus how often he should forgive his brother. In response to Peter’s question, Jesus tells a story of a man who was found to owe a great debt – an unpayable debt. His lord being merciful to him, he was forgiven of the great debt, yet he went out and found a man who owed him a much smaller sum & demanded payment, showing no mercy. The problem was, he had forgotten the great debt he had been forgiven. When we apply this to our lives, we come to realize that God has forgiven us of a great debt of sin – a debt we could not pay, why then do we find it difficult to forgive others their trespasses? Listen to the sermon, Reconciliation and Forgiveness to hear more.
What is the spirit of Christmas? We hear that term used & some would say that the spirit of Christmas is love, caring or sharing. Tonight we remembered the Lord’s sacrificial death on our behalf as we gathered around the Lord’s Table. In preparation for that special time, we spent some time looking at the great humility of our Saviour in Philippians 2. What tremendous humility is seen in the Christmas story – is not this, The Spirit of Christmas?