Sermon: (October 4, 2015) “A Tale of Two Basins”
Date: October 4, 2015
Speaker: Steve Elliott
Text: Matthew 27
Today is the first day of the rest of your life
Every past mistake, every bad choice, every past tense sin has this hidden power to mar today and ruin tomorrow.
Here are two parties that despise each other, yet each needing something. The rulers of Israel want Jesus dead. And Pilate wants job security.
The most powerful man in all of Palestine caved because he had a past. And he seeks to absolve himself in a basin of irresponsibility.
Subsidiarity: It means, in a sense, that you don’t make someone else do for you what you should do for yourself. In other words, you own your life.
And maybe, just maybe, what he does is what no one else in the room could do.
“Until a person can say deeply and honestly, “I am what I am today because of the choices I made yesterday,” that person cannot say, “I can change.” -Dr. Stephen Covey (1932-2012)
But God’s forgiveness requires no payback. We don’t owe him one. That is why this table is about grace not judgment.
Today is not only the first day of the rest of your life, it is the last day of your old life.