Through sin, man fell out of right-standing with God. But God, in his mighty omniscience, set forth the ministry of reconciliation. This term â€“Â reconciliation â€“ simply means to make peace.
Please understand, reconciliation is not a religious term â€“Â it is financial! In other words, God, through the Blood of Jesus, has â€œsettled the accountâ€ of sin, recalling us back into His heavenly portfolio!Â God sent and sacrificed the Lord Jesus for this very purpose (John 3:16) from the very foundation of time (Revelation 13:8).
When God drove Adam and Eve from the garden, He performed the first sacrifice â€“ providing animal skins for clothing (Genesis 3:21).Â God loved us enough to save men whom he deemed righteous from destruction; one from water (Noah) and one from fire (Lot). Then God found Abraham, a man whose faith would be â€œcounted unto him for righteousnessâ€ (Genesis 15:6, Romans 4:3).
God made a covenant, or contract, with Abraham. Through this covenant, God told Abraham thatÂ all nations would be blessed from his lineage. This blessing was manifest in the Word made flesh, Jesus Christ.
Jesus did some extraordinary things while on earth. He healed the sick. He raised the dead. He fed the hungry. And He revealed â€“ in teaching and in action â€“ what the Word of God really meant. Most of all, Jesus taught that He was the way to abundant life and to a right relationship with God the Father. Jesus showed us what righteousness (right standing with God) looked like in his life, became sin for us in death, and reclaimed the title deed to creation through his resurrection.
God took one step toward us that we might become reconciled to Him. Through the blood of Jesus, we are redeemed from sin and death. Through Christ, we are the righteousness of God (Romans 3:22).
We need to be as concerned with reconciliation as our Heavenly Father is. Thankfully, Jesus provided the most excellent sacrifice, so none have to perish! However, Jesus Himself said that if we have anything against our brother, we should forgive him, else our prayers will be hindered (Mark 11:25). Moreover, we must be ever mindful that Jesus came that, through him, we may be forgiven. If we aspire to be like Him, we must begin though our own ministry of forgiveness and reconciliation.
Â© 2010 â€“ Derrick Day (www.derrickday.com)