We discussed the idea of forgiveness, of how we've shown and received forgiveness. Specifically, Jeremy spoke from Luke 5:17-26, the story of Jesus healing and forgiving a paralyzed man.
Remarkable --- this is the what the people in this story take away: that they have experienced remarkable events. They saw something totally unexpected.
Jesus redeems us from sin. Because of sin, the relationship between God and His people has been broken. Throughout the entire Bible, the underlying factor is that there is restoration in Christ from this sin. We have a tendency to overlook the needs of others and ourselves, and it takes honesty to admit that we are all sinners. When we are faced with fears and sin, when we believe that God might be angry, upset, or disappointed with us, He calls us friend. He tells the paralyzed man, "Friend, your sins are forgiven." Jesus literally puts himself on the same playing field as the paralyzed man. This makes room for a relationship with Him rooted in good.
In the same way, Jesus looks at our sin, at our broken lives, and He calls us friends. He reminds us that He is with us, and that we can be at rest if we find peace in Him. God wants to restore all things, and that includes us. He takes our broken and restores us.
Without a doubt, we have all sinned. The great thing is that Jesus still wants us; He still loves us, and calls us His own. As Jeremy puts it, "We are human, we are broken, and we are forgiven."