40 Days with Jesus - Part 5: Forgiveness

May 21, 2017 Pastor: Ryan Rice Series: 40 Days with Jesus

Scripture: John 8:1–8:11, 2 Corinthians 5:18–5:20

The Greek work for forgiveness means to let it go and send it away.  Our past experiences in life influence our present behaviors and beliefs.  Things that have been done to us can leave deep scars and can make forgiveness difficult.  Religions all have varying views of forgiveness that have limited views of forgiveness or requirements for atonement.

His Forgiveness

When we consider how Jesus demonstrated forgiveness we see that it was one of the first things He did in His public ministry by healing the lame man and the last thing He did on the cross when he forgave the thief and all of mankind for our sins. 

Forgiving the woman caught in adultery was controversial because no one can forgive sins but God.  The scribes and Pharisees were testing Jesus when they asked Him what He would do.  Jesus turns the tables on them and reminds them that all sin is a violation of God’s law and none of them were without sin.  Jesus calls the woman away from a life of sin and offers her forgiveness. 

The Gospel message of forgiveness is not a license to sin.  It is not legalism that requires atonement.  It is a life in Jesus Christ.  You are not perfect, but you are forgiven.  Jesus message of forgiveness was costly.  He crucified like a criminal.  In His last breaths He says, “Father forgive them for they know not what they do.” 

Our Forgiveness

We are instructed to forgive others.  This does not mean that we can forget the pain or offense, but we can love our neighbor and our enemy.  Bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.  Col 3:13. 

We must also ask for forgiveness when we hurt others.  We are not perfect and we will hurt people.  We need to acknowledge what we have done understand and that God’s grace is enough for us. We must also receive forgiveness when it is offered.  You are forgiven and Jesus has done a great work for all eternity.  We need to understand we have a new identity in Christ and we are not condemned.