April 12, 2019
Forgiven By Jesus
“Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” Even at the time of His death Jesus was forgiving, offering grace, asking for God’s mercy, and bringing salvation. That was the thrust of His earthly ministry, found in the climax of His death and resurrection. And He was right. Much of the time we do not know what we are doing. We unintentionally harm others by what we say and what we don’t say, by what we do and what we don’t do. We are often so spiritually dull we don’t even notice the harm we do to others or the sin that has ensnared us. But then there are other times when we certainly know what we are doing. Sometimes our actions, words, and even sins are indeed intentional. We are calculated in our harming of others. But we continue to hear those words, “Father, forgive them. . .”
This Sunday at First Church OKC we will be examining these life-giving, salvation-bringing last words of Jesus on this special confirmation Sunday. This Sunday five of our youth will be making public professions of their faith. Some will confirm their previous baptisms while another will be baptized. They will also officially become members of First United Methodist Church. This will be a day full of excitement and important decisions. We are asking that everyone dress up (like you are going to a wedding) in order to remind us of the importance of this day. I strongly encourage each person of First Church to attend worship with us in order to show our support and love for these amazing youth. These will be the most important decisions they will ever make. We want to celebrate with them so I plan on seeing each of you in worship with us this Sunday morning at 10:45 am at First Church OKC.
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