The Kingdom of God is a kingdom of reconciliation. It is marked by the great story of reconciliation between God and mankind through the will of God, the work of Jesus, and the power of the Spirit. While we were yet sinners, that’s when Jesus died for us. While we were far off from God, on separate sides of the battlefield, awaiting the furious wrath of God almighty, that’s when God sent his Son into the world to reconcile.
Jesus reconciled us to God when it didn’t make sense, when he (God) was perfectly in the right, and without any action or good will from us to make it happen.
So we are to be a people of reconciliation. The church; brothers and sisters in Christ are to be a people marked by our desire and relentless pursuit of reconciliation. We are to declare to the ends of the earth that we take reconciliation seriously because God has taken it seriously to our great benefit.
We reconcile because Jesus reconciles.
Some follow up questions to make you think…
Why do we create situations that need reconciliation?
Why do we hesitate or outright refuse to reconcile at times?
What do you think stands in the way of mending relationships among believers?
Think about a time when you walked through, ran from, or hid from reconciliation with someone. What caused that? What was going on in your heart at the time? Since we’re supposed to be marked by reconciliation, how could that situation have been handled better?
How are we going to demonstrate reconciliation to the world this week?
15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.
16 For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him.
17 And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.
18 And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent.
19 For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell,
20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.
21 And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds,
22 he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him,
Colossians 1:15–22 (ESV)