A few years ago, Gary Weinstein received a call from the hospital and the news was not good. His wife and two sons had been hit by a drunk driver. When he reached the hospital the doctor told him that despite their efforts, all three of them were lost. As the details emerged of what happened, it came to light that the driver of the other vehicle, the man responsible for such a horrific tragedy, was a close family friend.
How do you even begin to process that?
When you search the internet for quotes on forgiveness, the result is a lot of neat and tidy proverbs. But one thing is very clear when it comes to real forgiveness: forgiveness is hard. It is difficult, messy, and painful work when the people that hurt us are sometimes those closest to us. Often, the hardest part is knowing where to begin.
This Sunday we are going to be looking at forgiveness through the eyes of Jesus. And he knew that it wasn't just enough to talk about forgiveness (or humility, or the dignity of others). He demonstrated a life of forgiveness though his life, death, and resurrection.