Jane Doe was born in 1938 in Wabasso, Minn., and married John Doe 19 years later. The couple had two children: Gina and Jay. "In 1962, she became pregnant by her husband's brother and moved to California, "She abandoned her children, Gina and Jay who were then raised by her parents in Clements. “She passed away on May 31, 2018 in Springfield and will now face judgement. She will not be missed by Gina and Jay, and they understand that this world is a better place without her." 

SLIDE- Forgiving others can seem impossible in our world 

SLIDE- Being forgiven can seem impossible in our world 

SLIDE- The Big Story in Matthew's Gospel: 17 From that time on Jesus began to preach, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near." (Matthew 4:17 NIV) 

  1. I. Jesus welcomes us into a kingdom where we can be FULLY FORGIVEN

 

SLIDE- Jesus is a king who looks at his broken people and says, “Take heart my child; your sins are forgiven” (9:2) . . . a King who can forgive because he “has authority on earth to forgive sins” (9:6) 

SLIDE- A King who hangs out with tax collectors and "sinners" (9:13) 

SLIDE- A king who is a shepherd who leaves 99 sheep behind to "go in search of the one sheep that went astray (18:12) 

SLIDE- A king who is like the man in the parable who forgives the debts of a servant who owes him 200,000 years of work 

SLIDE- A King who offers his people his own body and blood, who "pours out his blood for the forgiveness of sins" (Matt 26:28) 

SLIDE- 5 But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed. 6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned-- every one-- to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all. (Isa 53:5-6 ESV) 

  1. II. We can’t live in Jesus’s kingdom of forgiveness if we aren’t willing to forgive

 

SLIDE- 12 Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. (Mat 6:12 NIV) 

SLIDE- 14 For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. 

(Mat 6:14-15 NIV) 

SLIDE- How do we learn to become a forgiving people living in God's kingdom of forgiveness? 

SLIDE- Forgiveness begins with prayer 

SLIDE- Forgiveness requires us to tell the truth about individual and corporate sin 

SLIDE- The forgiving kingdom of Jesus is also and at the same time a kingdom of justice 

SLIDE- 20 He will not break a bruised reed or extinguish a smoldering wick, until he brings justice to victory. (Mat 12:20 NET) 

SLIDE- The goal of our offering forgiveness is that we might all live in the kingdom of forgiveness together. 

Slide- When we enter his kingdom of forgiveness, we bring the light of forgiveness into the dark world of unforgiveness