At the very heart of the Christian faith is the message that God invites all people to be reconciled with Him through the atoning death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
At the cross Jesus took our sin and invites us to receive His righteousness. This is sometimes referred to as the great exchange:
“God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God”. (2 Cor. 5:21)
When we put our faith in Jesus, God not only reconciles us to Himself, He also makes us into a new creation; He gives us new life, a new identity, new goals and priorities and aspirations.
Through the transforming work of His Holy Spirit, God even transforms our very thoughts, sanctifying us and making us into something new.
What’s more, when God reconciles us to Himself, He also invites us to join Him in this great work of reconciliation; encouraging, persuading, even begging others to also be reconciled with God.
We become God’s ambassadors, God’s human representatives in this world; speaking and acting on God’s behalf.
This is an awesome and exhilarating responsibility; not something to be afraid of but the opportunity to share with others the good news we have received ourselves.
Pastor Jono Smith