At present, my body is trying hard to reconcile itself or as an accountant would say, "Bring it back into balance." That requires rest, lots of fluids and time. Viruses often have to run their course, but God created our immune system to help speed things up. In fact, God is also good to bring about the ultimate in healing through a different type of reconciliation.
Most of us know someone or have experienced for ourselves a break in a relationship. It might be a falling out with a friend, a loved one or a break-up in a marriage. All of these situations are painful, and we long for reconciliation to occur. Often, we go to great lengths to make this happen, but none of us has gone as far as God did when He sent His only Son to die on the cross for our sins.
From the time that Adam and Eve fell into sin in the Garden, we have all inherited a sin nature. We have been estranged from God, rebellious, selfish, controlling and wanting our own way. Yet even in the Garden, God told Adam and Eve that a redeemer would come who would crush the head of the Serpent (Satan) reconciling man to God.
Salvation is not a do-it-yourself kind of process. Rather, God did it all for us. He regenerates us so we can see and hear the Good News of Christ and answer the call to repent of our sins. When we call upon the Lord to forgive us and receive His gift of salvation, we belong to Christ as Lord. His
|Papa holding Everleigh, Daddy CJ holding Rilyn|
This is what Lent is all about. Thinking on this great transaction prepares us for the glory of Easter. For Christians, Easter means victory over death, assurance of pardon, eternal life with the Father all through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. During this forty day period before Easter, let us think about our reconciliation with God. As we are reconciled to Him, then, we can also be reconciled to others around us. Additionally, we also become ministers of reconciliation bringing others to the knowledge of Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. Reconciliation - a great word - a great transaction that sets us free from sin and death! Lets meditate on this. Selah!