Reconciled through Christ{Colossians 1:19-22; NLT}
For God in all his fullness
was pleased to live in Christ,
and through him God reconciled
everything to himself.
He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth
by means of Christ’s blood on the cross.

This includes you who were once far away from God. You were his enemies, separated from him by your evil thoughts and actions. Yet now he has reconciled you to himself through the death of Christ in his physical body. As a result, he has brought you into his own presence, and you are holy and blameless as you stand before him without a single fault.

Sin is more than missing the mark or making a mistake.  Sin is nothing less than rebellion against God!

We do not want to own up to our sin, so we try our best to diminish what sin really is.  We will claim that sin a natural part of human nature or that its consequences are not that great.  We will try to reduce the severity of our sin by focusing on the sin of another person or by insisting that our sin is part of our genetic makeup.

When this is our response to sin it causes us to overlook the real and devastating consequences sin has in our lives.  Sin destroys relationships (including our relationship with God), it prevents us from accomplishing the purpose God has given to us, and it causes us to bring trouble and pain into the world around us.  I think it is important to realize that through our sin we declare that we have sided with Satan in his rebellion against God.

This reality might make us believe that we are God’s enemies. In this passage from Colossians, Paul tells us that this is not the case. We may have acted like God’s enemies, but God still wants a relationship with us.  We are the ones in the wrong, and God was the one that could to take the initiative to restore the relationship He desired to have with us.

This is initiative is seen in Jesus Christ.  Paul made a bold statement when he declared that in Jesus, God, in all of His fullness, dwelt.  If we want to God’s character all we have to do is look at Jesus.  Jesus Christ is the first and best way to know who God is.  This means that the way to God goes through Jesus.

How does Jesus reconcile us to God?  Paul tells us it is through the cross.  The instrument of Jesus’ death is what opened the way for human beings to be reconciled to God.  I cannot explain the mechanism that took place to make that possible, but it is the truth that Scripture teaches us.  The blood that Jesus shed on the cross opened up the way for us to have a relationship with God.  We may have wanted to give up on God, but God didn’t give up on us.  That is the truth that Jesus came to earth to prove.

God took the initiative to have a relationship with us, but we have to respond to that initiative.  Our response is determined by what we do with Jesus.  If we ignore him then we will continue to be in rebellion against God.  If believe Jesus, but do not follow Jesus, then we will continue to be alienated from our Creator.  If we put our trust in Jesus and follow where he leads, then we will discover that he is leading us home.  Only Jesus can take us home to be with our loving heavenly Father.

Questions to consider:

  • Why does it seem harsh to say that sin is rebellion against God? How is sin rebellion against God?
  • Does it give you any hope to know that God wants to have a relationship with you?
  • What does it mean to follow Jesus?
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