“If You, LORD, should mark iniquities, O LORD, who could stand?” (Psalm 130:2). Jesus compared our sins to a servant who owed his master/king ten thousand talents (Matthew 18:24), an impossible sum to repay. He is not speaking to notorious murderers, adulterers, or thieves. He is speaking to His disciples, ordinarily thought of as good people. No one can repay, or make up for, the debt of sin. Every person is totally dependent on the mercy of God to forgive.
God, who demanded the penalty of death for sin (Gen. 2:17; Romans 6:23), took on human flesh (Hebrews 2:14) in the person of Jesus Christ, to pay that debt. He did this by His suffering and death on the cross. Through Christ He provides forgiveness for all (John 1:29; 2 Cor. 5:15); yet only those who acknowledge this debt and trust Christ to forgive receive this forgiveness (John 3:16; 1 John 1:8-9). Come hear this Good News at Peace Lutheran Church. Sunday service time is 9:00 a.m.