I know I am a bit odd, but I find this time of year a certain Christmas song runs through my head almost daily. Yep, while most folks are thinking of green grass, eggs, bunnies, empty crosses and vacant tombs, I’m hearing this in my head…
“Hark! The herald angels sing, “Glory to the new born King; Peace on earth and mercy mild; God and sinners reconciled.” Yep, there in the first line of this treasured hymn is the true Reason for the Season, the reason for EVERY season. The birth of Jesus was worthy of celebration only because He would live, die and rise once and for all.
He lived. He lead. He taught. He served. He healed. He loved. He laughed. He cried.
He prayed. He obeyed. He suffered. He died.
If that was all He did, it would be remarkable, but God said “but wait, there’s more…” And Jesus, God’s son, Himself in flesh…died, then overcame death to rise again in flesh and Spirit. In this unfathomable thing, He created a way for all of us to also escape eternal death and to have a relationship with a Holy God. To be RECONCILED to Him through the shed blood of Jesus.
Because of this event, even though I am a sinner and not worthy to be in the presence of God, not worthy to be forgiven, not worthy of having Him lead my life and guide me in difficult days or comfort me in my sorrow, not worthy of knowing His peace when life is chaotic, even though all these things….I can come to God in prayer and ask, “God forgive me, help me, lead me, fill me, use me, be with me.” And He will give me grace (undeserved favor) and because of His love for me, because the ultimate price for my sin has been covered by Jesus’s death and resurrection, He responds, “I have and I am.”
What was once separated, can now be rejoined….RECONCILED!
HOW ?-Believe in God, believe Jesus was God’s son, believe He died and rose again, ask God to forgive you knowing that Jesus paid your debt, believe and you will be saved….saved from eternal death, saved from a life separated from God, saved from the burden of living life on your own accord and never finding the peace your heart aches for…BE RECONCILED.
“For it was the Father’s good pleasure for all fullness to dwell in Him, and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross…..although you were formerly alienated and hostile in mind, engaged in evil deeds, yet He has now reconciled you in His fleshly body through death, in order to present you before Him holy and blameless….” Colossians 1:19-22
Go ahead, sing it with me….
“Hark! The herald angels sing; Glory to the newborn King;
Peace on earth and mercy mild; God and sinners reconciled!”