Today’s scripture reads:
If while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life. More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.
How wonderful the story of Christ is. I can’t think of no greater act of love, no greater demonstration of kindness, no purer example of mercy and grace than in what I see in the life of Christ. I once was by a professor that there are five stories that together compromise the entirety of the Christian faith. The are as follows:
- The Story of God
- The Story of a World Gone Wrong
- The Story of God and His People
- The Story of Christ
- The Story of Christianity
All of these stories work together to form one grand tale of love, patience, sacrifice, reconciliation, and joy. God made a beautiful world, but in allowing the choice between good and evil, he allowed evil to enter the world. Though he would interact with his people through signs, prophets, and miracles still humanity would always return to wickedness. How often did man reject God and how often did God have to call his people back to him. Finally God his son down to earth as one of us, to mend the bond and reconcile a fallen world back to him. A God who loved an unworthy people who could not save themselves, chose to reconciled us to him. We were his enemies, and yet he loved us enough to take our punishment upon himself as an ultimate demonstration of love given freely and selflessly.
Thanks be to God who through Christ as turned his enemies into sons and daughters. We are reconciled, not because we are worthy or good, but because God never gave up on us. Truly this is a call for rejoicing! The one who could have rightly condemned us has chosen instead to adopt us as his own. The one who gave us all the blessings of life, the one who we cursed and turned away from, has chosen not to give up on us. We are made new because God’s love does not fail. If never again should another blessing ever come my way, I will have considered myself blessed infinitely more than I deserve. We who were dead are now alive, we who were slaves are free, we who were enemies are now family. Christ came so that we would no longer be separated from God by our sins. In Christ we no longer had to be afraid to speak the name of God, but rather we could approach him as our “Abba” (Daddy). God is no longer a presence that resides in temples, but he resides in us through the holy spirit. No longer do we require ritual purity because we are made pure and new through Christ who took it all upon us. Where we were once enemies of God, we are now his adopted children. Do not forget this during this holiday season.