Reconciliation; a Good Friday Story

“For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life!” Roman 5:10 NIV

According to the dictionary (googled the meaning of reconciliation):
Reconciliation –
1. the restoration of friendly relations.
            restoration [reclamation, re-creation, recovery, mending, repairing, rebirth, rejuvenation, renewal, resurrection, resuscitation, revitalization, revival]
2. the action of making one view or belief compatible with another.
3. the action of making financial accounts consistent.

I don’t think I have ever seen such an anointed dictionary definition!

God is the God of Reconciliation. Jesus is the work of Reconciliation. The Holy Spirit is Reconciliation. Today is Good Friday – and all good things come from the Lord God (James 1:17).  As a child I never understood why we call it good.  (In case you do not know, Good Friday is the day we as Christians remember the death of Jesus on the cross. Three days later is Easter Sunday; the day he rose from the dead.) 
Have you read about the death of Jesus? It’s horrible. It’s terrifying that humans can be so cruel.  He was blameless and did not deserve death, let alone the beatings, abuse, mocking – physical and emotional trauma.
He suffered it all so that we all could have the opportunity for reconciliation with God. This grace is why we call it Good Friday – and all good things come from the Lord God (James 1:17).

And we should not forget the Holy Spirit’s work I this – God planned it, Jesus did it, and Jesus said he leaves us a comforter, one Spirit through which we can access the father:
“15 by setting aside in his flesh the law with its commands and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace, 16 and in one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility. 17 He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near. 18 For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit.” Ephesians 2:15-18 NIV

So the first part of that dictionary definition is fairly easy to understand; God wants a relationship with you, through Christ Jesus and in the baptism of the Holy Spirit. 

Now on to the second meaning in that definition: “the action of making one view or belief compatible with another”.  Making my view and belief compatible with God.  This sounds impossible as we all have sinned, our spirit is willing but our flesh is weak, and we do as we ought not to do and not as we ought to do. If we could make our views and belief’s compatible with God – then Jesus would not have had to die that horrible death! Not by our works, but by grace that Christ can be glorified!

“20 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. 21 Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. 22 But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation” Colossians 1:20-22 NIV
Enemies in our minds because of our evil nature. The blood of Jesus and the act of taking on our sins and accepting the judgment of sin, death, has created a means to reconcile our views and beliefs. AMEN!

Finally, “the action of making financial accounts consistent”. Another old hymn comes to mind: “I had a debt I could not pay, He paid a debt He did not owe, I needed someone to wash my sins away.”
Sin put me at a deficit, a term we use for finance. But if morals were money I found myself with a debt larger than New York State’s debt.  I don’t have the resources to pay it back.

“In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and understanding” Ephesians 1:7-8 NIV
Not only has he paid the debt but with the riches of God’s GRACE (Oh blessed grace!!!) He LAVISHED on us. LAVISHED, because he came to give us life and life more abundantly! (John 10:10) Only my glorious heavenly Father would sacrifice his son to pay my debt – and after it was paid he’d lavish more abundance upon me! Grace!

What do I do with all this glorious reconciliation?  Well, if you do not have a relationship with God and have not asked for forgiveness and asked for this new redeemed life, then you most certainly should. (A simple conversation with Him will work, a prayer)
And if you are walking a redeemed life – I challenge myself and you to really walk it.  Far too often lately I find that daily prayer is missing from people’s lives.  Did you read the Word (Bible) – it is the inspired word of God, His revelation to us of Himself and His plan of salvation. So if you haven’t read it what are your directions for the day? If you haven’t read it, did you even try to listen to God today? Have we as Christian prayed for the reconciliation of others to God? Have you prayed for the reconciliation of yourself with others?  Now that we are reconciled we, are in the ministry of reconciliation with God.

“18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 20 We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. 21 God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” 2 Corinthians 5:18-21 NIV

Even from your home during social distancing, you can be spreading your testimony and the word of God.

Grace be with you ~Thank you for reading ~ be healthy and blessed ~ Pray for our nation ~ pray Psalm 91