Dear Mosaic Family ,As we continue our series through the "Hard Sayings of Jesus," we'll look at one of the most mystifying texts in all of Scripture: Jesus' teaching on the "Unforgivable Sin." Many Christians over the centuries have worried that perhaps they, unwittingly, at some point, have committed this sin. Just to calm the troubled soul of the Christian burdened by this worry: No Christian can commit this sin. If you are worried about having committed this sin, you cannot possibly have committed it. However, this doesn't mean we can just write off this text as irrelevant. I believe it has lots to teach us, including the realization of how glorious it is, that the Holy God of the Universe would forgive any of our sins, at all!! We must never get over the staggering fact, that our blasphemies and sins can be forgiven, though at such a great cost to the Lord. We also need the reminder that we can never take God's grace and forgiveness for granted. Forgiveness is not owed to us, it is gifted to us. Finally, we need to take the warning seriously, and warn those who are hardening their hearts against the Lord.
What does Jesus mean when he says, "Therefore I tell you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven people, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven. And whoever speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come"? What is this one, unpardonable sin? How can I be sure to never commit it? What if I'm worried about having had already committed it?
Join us this tomorrow as we look at Matthew 12:22-37 and learn about the "Unforgivable Sin."
God Bless, Pastor Jan
Members' Meeting & Potluck Sunday March 13th, after the 11:15service. If you are a member, or have completed the requirements for membership, please plan to attend (and bring a favorite dish to share).
Good Friday Service Friday, 3/25, 7pm. Join us for a solemn evening, remembering the suffering of our Lord on our behalf.