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The return from Babylon to the land must include a return to the Lord on the same foundation. But Jeremiah 30-31 so far have also made it very clear that the terrible realities of Israel's sin and God's judgment stand in the way. The past had produced a incurable present. If there is to be a future at all for these people, it can only be if God himself initiates something completely new.
When Jacob dies, Joseph’s brothers are afraid of his reaction. Will he choose revenge for the wrong they did to him? Will they end up in prison? Joseph weeps upon hearing their message and shows great trust in God’s sovereign plan and how He turned around their evil actions for good. God can transform our relationships through this same trust and extending of forgiveness.
Forgiveness is a topic that perhaps many people think they know enough about but don’t necessarily extend it as they should. What exactly does forgiveness mean? How do you actually forgive someone? How do you forgive someone who has egregiously wronged you? What if a person continues to wrong you - must you continually forgive? Here’s the good news: through Jesus Christ our sins have been forgiven, and through Jesus Christ we have the power to forgive.
Jesus said this is how you should pray. Forgive men when they sin against you so God will forgive you.
Where do we first learn of love? It is within our family where we watch and experience love, where we receive and learn to offer love.
Jesus prayed that we might be "one". The disciples were described as "one" after His ascension. Being "one" is not uniformity. We are all slaves to sin, and we cannot escape the consequence of sin. Some try by living in a monastery. Some try as the Pharisees did, to follow all the rules. It is impossible to escape our sin. But even our sin does not make us "one" as Jesus described it. No, we are "one" in forgiveness, and in God's Love for us.
This profile of life lived in the last days enables you to take that long penetrating look in the mirror at your own heart. You have been called to live set apart from this world. But when the dust settles and your true condition is exposed, how different are you from the world around you?
A sermon preached at Epiphany Anglican Church, San Antonio Texas