“Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me.”
In Matthew 18 we read about a servant who was in debt to his master. Jesus is telling Peter a parable of the Kingdom of Heaven. Peter asks Jesus about forgiveness. Christ links forgiveness to Heaven. Only forgiven people are in Heaven. In verse 30 Jesus said, “And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt.” The master will not have patience for the servant to pay his debt.
We all own God a debt for the sins we have committed. There is a penalty due. We are all by nature sinful. We cannot honour the debt; we cannot pay what is required by God. That is why Christ has paid the debt on our behalf. On the cross Christ met the full force of God’s prefect wrath and justice. All who trust in Christ’s finished work on the cross are forgiven. The wrath of God was satisfied on the cross. Christ’s shed blood washes us clean and presents us righteous before the throne of Heaven. Today ask yourself the following questions considering the Gospel.
1) Are you forgiven?
2) If you were to die tomorrow are you sure of Heaven?
3) Do you forgive others like Christ forgives?