The two opposite sides sit at an enormous boardroom table. The tension is thick as both parties expect yet another day of stressful, ongoing negotiations in the wage dispute. Words fly and the sweat flows – but at the end of the day there is still no resolution or settlement; they’ll be going at this throughout the night.
Thankfully, we don’t have to go through a process like the one above when it comes to reconciling with God. Because of the wrong and selfish choices that we make, (as well as Adam and Eve on down from the dawn of creation) we are unable, on our own, to have a relationship with God. This created a huge, insurmountable chasm with mankind on one side and God on the other, and all those wrong choices in the middle. He took care of all the negotiations two thousand years ago when, on His initiative (no board room table here!).
He sent Jesus, his own Son, to die a cruel death on a cross, and then rise again from the dead. By doing this, he closed that gap between God and us, and made it possible for us to have that intimate relationship with him. Jesus is our ‘bridge over trouble water.’ He initiated the road to reconciliation, and then we make or don’t make that choice to travel down that road to him and with him throughout life.
“All this newness of life is from God, who brought us back to himself through what Christ did. And God has given us the task of reconciling people to him. For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. This is the wonderful message he has given us to tell others. So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We urge you, as though Christ himself were here pleading with you, “Come back to God!” (or, be reconciled) For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ.” (2 Corinthians 5:18-21 NLT; parenthesis mine)
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