Reconciled to God

while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of his Son, Rom 5:10
   
God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and gave unto us the ministry of reconciliation that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 2 Cor 5:18,19
   
Consider:
   
Before we actually look at just what Jesus did on the Cross, let’s consider the outcome of what we have been saying.    If Jesus acted as a means of satisfying God’s anger against our Sin, it means that the one thing that kept God from us, and us from God, has been dealt with and so, as Paul says (Eph 2:13), “But now in Christ Jesus you who were once far away have been brought near through the blood of Jesus.” Put another way, we have been reconciled to God.   Reconciliation is thus the result of the work of Christ on the Cross.
  
Imagine the throne room in heaven.  It is the place of utmost purity and nothing unrighteous or impure may enter.  Imagine that sin and guilt is like a visible stain on the skin and no one with such a stain can enter.  Outside are myriads of sinners, all stained with sin, but they cannot enter because anyone with such a stain who tries to enter is instantly cast into hell.  
  
See the young Prince on the throne next to the King, get up and leave the throne room. See him leave the courts of heaven and there stand in the dock alongside the sinners.   See him taken away in chains and cast into hell.  See him come back after a while, having fully borne the sentence of the guilty in hell.   He stands at the doors of the throne room and bids the sinners to come.   Some come to him, acknowledging their guilt and ready to die, but as he shakes their hand, the stain of sin and guilt disappear from their skin and they walk into the throne room to be greeted warmly by the King.
      
The Prince took their punishment so their sin was truly dealt with. Thus they can enter the throne room with their stain removed.  Before they were exiled, but now they have been reconciled to the King.   And why?  Because the young Prince stood in their place and paid the price so that the one thing that stood between them and the king was removed.    An imperfect picture that conveys something of the truth of the perfect picture – of what Jesus actually did.  It’s an absolutely staggering picture, almost beyond our comprehension, but it is true nevertheless.   He has done it!
   
Prayer:
    
Lord, I was estranged from you.  You could not have me near you so contaminated was I, yet you sent Jesus to deal with my contamination, so that it would be possible for me to be cleansed.  He has done it.   I have received it and now I am your child, reconciled to my Father in heaven.   Thank you so much.
   

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