Reconciling all things …

August 5, 2014

“… and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.” Colossians 1:20 English Standard Version

Who would ever imagine that the power of the cross would reconcile us to Christ? Every trespass .. every mistake .. every sin .. everything is reconciled .. restored .. renewed .. recreated new in Christ. Everywhere around us the cross is relegated to be a religious symbol. It is not seen as a symbol of hope and promise. Some say it is too narrow .. too divisive .. too restricting. But is it really? Is there any other image that restores relationships and makes people whole? Jesus reconciles you first to himself? Why is that first? Because it gets you out of the way and allows his life to be the foundation for healing. It’s Christ’s life that knits hearts and lives back together. The cross removes all the barriers and obstacles that keep you away .. that keeps you from letting go of the past .. that keeps you from taking hold of something new that is only explainable through Christ. And God is so great that he commissions your life to be a ministry of reconciliation. What qualifies you? It is never your accomplishments, but first and always it is Jesus who reconciles you to himself. Then and only then are you ready to reach across the hurt .. confusion .. unforgiveness .. distance .. silence .. and even resentment to offer the reconciling life of Christ. It is freely given .. just like when Christ offered his life to you. Just think what the reconciling presence of Christ could be around the world .. and inside your world today? It only takes a moment …

“All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself….” 2 Corinthians 5:18-19 English Standard Version

Ken Chester: Grace-Gripped is sent M-F to Reconciled Reconcilers following Jesus. (Kchesterp1@gmail.com)

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About Ken Chester

I love seeing Christ become alive and real in someone's life. It is amazing what happens when Jesus moves in and starts to renovate a life. When I'm not riding my road bike, I am usually walking our corgi named Trinity (she came that way) and corgi-lab named Lowrider. Carolyn and I are transforming our backyard. And a book is on the way. ...Stay tuned ... Ken
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