February 3 Esight, 2009

“For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.” (Romans 5.10)I want you to ponder for a moment the Bible’s use of the word “reconciled.” This word is not used in the accounting sense but rather in the relational sense. Paul uses this concept again in his letter to the Corinthians:

“Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation . . . Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. (2Corinthians 5.18-20)

This verse is quite revealing. First and foremost this week, I want you to notice that God is appealing to us to be reconciled. Throughout the centuries, we Christians have been guilty of presenting to the world a God who, through the death of His son, was reconciled to us. But “God so loved this world [already] that He gave His only begotten son . . .” (John 3.16) Could it be that we have had it backwards? At the very least, could we have had our emphasis on the purpose of the cross wrong? God is not harboring ill feelings toward us and needing to see blood in order to be reconciled! God is the one giving the gift to us; God is the one making the appeals to us; God is begging us to be reconciled!

Ponder it again in this passage from Paul’s letter to the Colossian believers:

“And although you were formerly alienated and hostile in mind, engaged in evil deeds, yet He has now reconciled you in His fleshly body through death . . .” (Colossians 1.21- 22)

We were the alienated ones, standing at a distance, unfriendly, unsympathetic, hostile toward God and all the other-centeredness He stands for.

But Calvary changed this for the Colossians, and it can to do it for you too! Calvary is God’s conciliatory act toward us! (Conciliatory: intended to gain the goodwill or favor of someone, tending to win over from a state of hostility or distrust.)

Dear reader, would you like to truly experience something beyond your deepest hopes in intimacy with God? Then this week, get on your knees, open your Bibles to the simple story of the cross, pray to have your heart understand it, and may the God who loves you open your heart through His own self-abandonment for you revealed through His death for you on Calvary. May you see Him as you never have before, and may you realize how truly precious you are to Him! Finally, may it awaken in you a heart deeply reconciled!

I wish you God’s best this week!