“And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, he (Jesus) has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death.”
— Colossians 2:20-22 (ESV)
Jesus came to reconcile hopeless, hostile sinners like you and me. We were rebels by nature and through our actions, fully and hopelessly separated from God. Our differences were irreconcilable. But God … longed for us to be with Him. In Christ’s death the impossible was made possible; the irreconcilable was reconciled; the hopeless found hope. We are forgiven, which is unthinkable, but we are so much more than forgiven. We are reconciled.
By reconciliation – God moved first: even though he was the offended, he came to us to make things right.
By reconciliation – God means: we are accepted, brought close to be a friend, a son/daughter … beloved.
The whole message of the cross is reconciliation: God bringing us into relationship that is better than we could have imagined.
Do we really desire a “better than we could have imagined” restored relationship when we are in the midst reconciling a relationship gone wrong with a brother or sister? Or are we simply willing to apologize? Sometimes all we see is hopelessness and the thought of doing more than offering an apology seems impossible. Take a moment – step back from the present relational wreck and look long and hard at the cross. How “wrecked” was our relationship? What did God do to reconcile it? What has he done? What is he continuing to do? When we look at the cross and all God has done – is simply trying to muster an apology really the call to those who have been reconciled to such a great reconciliation in Christ? In the cross hope, possibility, and reconciliation exist. In the cross lies our example, our love for the offender, and our power. In the cross exists everything we need to reconcile because the cross fully reconciled us.
(Great resource book you can find in our Virtual Library is – The Peacemaker – Ken Sande)