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October 4, 2017

“… 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. The cross is often recognized as a religious symbol. It’s not viewed 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?  Why does Jesus reconciles you first to himself?  Because it gets you out of the way and allows his life to be the foundation for healing. It’s Christ’s life that unites hearts and lives back together. The cross removes all the barriers and obstacles that keep you away from each other. You can’t blame someone else when the cross is between you. It calls you to allow God to make something brand new out of what was once broken and seemingly beyond repair. Then God does the unbelievable: He says that you are now qualified to be a reconciler in His Name. What qualifies you? Simply this: your life was reconciled to Jesus on that cross. You know it was a gift underserved.  Then and only then are you ready to reach across the hurt .. confusion .. unforgiveness .. distance .. silence .. and even resentment to another hurting life. It’s offered as freely as it was offered to you. Just think what the reconciling message of Christ could be around  your world today?  Are you available?  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 to God’s Repair Agents 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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