Reconciling the World to Himself
For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross. - Colossians 1:19-20
Our devotion today focuses on the concept of being reconciled, or restored to right relationship with God.
There is no greater story in the history of the world than the story of God becoming a man in order to give his human life as a sacrifice of atonement for the sins of mankind. Paul writes, “God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him (Christ), and through him to reconcile to himself… making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.”
I have heard some say that Christ was born to die, but that is only partially true. The whole truth is that he was born into humanity to be a vehicle of reconciliation so that there would be peace between God and man. His mission was peace, his purpose was peace and his message was peace and reconciliation.
First there was the fall of Lucifer and the angels that followed him that resulted in the creation becoming chaotic and needing the creative hand of God to restore order. We have the record of God bringing order to creation in Genesis 1-2.
Then there was the fall of man and the newly created order was disrupted as man lost his right standing with Father God. Man lost dominion over the earth and the animals, but most importantly he lost his relationship with God, his creator.
For thousands of years man tried through religion to get it all back, but it was futile. Man had offended eternity and only the eternal one could make that right. That was why Christ came to the earth. He came to give it all back; to reconcile to himself all things… on earth and in heaven.
Jesus signed the peace agreement between man and God with his own blood and now the door of reconciliation is open to all who will come before the Father in Jesus name and allow themselves to be washed in the atoning blood of Christ.
Prayer: Lord, thank you that you, yourself, became the atonement that was needed to reconcile man to yourself. Grant me the grace to walk in that peace. In Jesus name, amen.
Principle: Christ was born into humanity to be a vehicle of reconciliation so that there would be peace between God and man.
Affirmation: I have been reconciled to God and have peace with him through faith in Jesus the Christ.
Reflection: How was Christ a vehicle of reconciliation between God and mankind? How did the death, burial and resurrection of Christ make peace between God and mankind?
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