We are told in Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians that Jesus has given “us the message of reconciliation” (5:18-21). That He has reconciled us through the cross to Himself so that we might experience a right relationship with Him. “For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” This is the hope held out to us in the cross of Christ: that the unrighteous would be made righteous through His blood. There is no other way to enter into the Presence of the Holy One, only through the blood of the spotless Lamb of God. And by faith in Him, we do enter into His Presence; we are reconciled to Him by His great mercy.

Paul tells us that “in Christ God was reconciling the world to Himself”. I am constantly amazed at the breadth of God’s vision. As it was from the beginning and during the days Jesus walked on the earth, so it is now that God desires the entire world to be reconciled to Him. An interesting thought for followers of Christ: If we have been reconciled to God through Christ and have been made one with Him, shouldn’t we also be one with each other? YES! Paul tells us that we are all one in Christ. Jesus Himself prayed that we would be one just as He and the Father are one and that by this the world may know that the Father indeed sent the Son, Jesus Christ, into the world (John 17). It’s kind of an amazing thing, isn’t it? We are one with Christ and one with each other. He has reconciled us to Himself so that we may be one with Him, and He has brought us into His family that we may be one with each other. Unity in the Body is so important to Jesus that He told His disciples the following: So if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift. (Matthew 5:23-24)

During my time in China, one of the amazing and beautiful things that I have seen the Lord do is reconcile a very hurt and broken relationship. In many ways have I seen the Lord’s hand working in my relationship with Joseph to bring about that reconciliation that only He can bring. It has meant deep healing in my heart and a sense of letting go and allowing Jesus to take care of it all. It has been an experience of receiving and extending grace and love. I can see how Jesus has changed our hearts towards one another and has helped us to relate with each other, serving one another in love. By His grace and wisdom, He has brought (and continues to bring) reconciliation to my life and to my relationships. I can only thank Him and give Him the praise! He has indeed used this for His glory as it was by His hand that this was accomplished. He works all things for His glory and for our good as He promises. Rejoice with me in the Great Reconciler, who reconciles us to Himself and to each other through the cross! To Him be the glory and the praise forever and ever!