Vicar’s Comment – What’s your debt to God?

Our Lent devotional groups are based on the parables of Jesus, with a focus on parables which are perhaps lesser known or less readily recalled by Christians.

One of these was the so-called parable of the unmerciful servant in Matthew chapter 18.

Jesus uses this parable to show how the forgiveness God gives to people is incomparably greater than whatever forgiveness they might be asked to give to someone else.

In the parable a man owes his master 10,000 talents… a figure which doesn’t mean much to us today, but when converted into our money is at least £3 billion.

In the story this enormous amount represents what we owe God because of our sin.

And yet…through the death of Jesus he wipes out the debt completely!!

In the letter to the Ephesians Paul says ‘In Him we have redemption through his blood, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that He lavished on us’. (1:7, NIV).

This Easter, spend time thinking about just how big a debt every person owes to our perfectly holy God, and just how huge his love for human beings is in offering to wipe that debt out completely through the cross.

Yours in Jesus Christ
Chris Collins

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