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#DailyDevotion Be Reconciled To God. He’s Reconciled Himself To You

March 28, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

#DailyDevotion Be Reconciled To God. He’s Reconciled Himself To You
2Co 5:18-21  All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation;  (19)  that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation.  (20)  Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.  (21)  For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.


If you ever doubted, if you never were quite sure that God loved you and accomplished your salvation this is a passage you should bookmark in your bible. God has reconciled himself to us through Christ Jesus and gave us, the church the ministry of reconciliation. Who is us? That is the key for your eliminating your doubt. Verse nineteen tells us clearly, “in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself.” The ‘world’.  You are part of the world. There is no getting around that.  The world there is Cosmos. It include all of creation. You are part of creation. God has therefore reconciled himself to you.


How did God reconcile himself to you? In Christ, he no longer counts your trespasses against you. Every time you broke one of the commandments, you incurred guilt. You racked up a debt for which the payment is eternal death. God laid the payment of that debt on Jesus on the cross. His suffering and death became your suffering and death. The wrath of God that was pointing at you, the Father placed upon his only begotten son on the cross. He is no longer angry with you.


This is the Church’s message. God has reconciled himself to you on account of Jesus Christ’s suffering and death. Therefore be reconciled to God. How do we reconcile ourselves to God? We admit our faults, our sins and transgressions to God. We get baptized for the forgiveness of sins. We turn from our sins and turn to God though Christ Jesus. We trust in this message of God’s reconciliation to us.


If you have been angry with God for some reason you also need to let it go. Perhaps your angry with God because of your circumstances. Maybe someone you love died like a mother, father, son or daughter, in a particular horrible way. Maybe you have some debilitating disease. Well just as the Father blamed Jesus for your transgressions put your anger towards God upon Jesus on the cross. God blamed Jesus for your sins; you blame Jesus for whatever you have against God and leave it there on the cross.


Jesus became sin on the cross. Like the scapegoat of the Old Testament whom the high priest laid the sins of the people on, the Father laid the sins of the world, your sins upon Jesus. He became your sin offering. Likewise, the Father has taken Jesus’ righteousness and laid it upon you so you will be righteous before him. So now, the Father no longer sees your guilt and iniquity, he sees Jesus’ righteousness when he sees you. More than that, at the resurrection of the dead, you will clothed with the very righteousness of Christ and will no longer have your sinful flesh.


Gracious and merciful God, you laid our sins upon Jesus that we might be reconciled to you. Grant us faith in this reconciliation that we might reconcile ourselves to you through Jesus Christ and know your peace. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.


March 28, 2019
8:00 am - 5:00 pm