The Reconciliation Of Jesus

Have you ever reconciled a checkbook? That may sound old-school to some. Before bank accounts became available online banks would send it out bank statements once a month. The statement consisted of all your transactions for a given month. Then, you would sit down with your statement and reconcile your checkbook. To reconcile it meant, to make sure your checkbook ledger was the same as your statement. If you didn’t reconcile your checkbook, you ran the risk of not having as much as you thought you did.
Well, in II Corinthians 5:19 the apostle Paul talks about reconciliation but, Paul is talking about man’s reconciliation to God as opposed to reconciling a check-book. But, why did man need reconciliation?
In the beginning, God made man. Man was sinless. But, when Satan tempted man in the garden of Eden, man took the fruit that he wasn’t supposed to take and sin came into the world. And, because of that, man was separated spiritually from God. Man needed to be put right with God. Ok, so how does man do that?
Well, man tried building altars but that didn’t work. Man tried giving, but that didn’t work. Man tried to be righteous but he couldn’t. Man could not save himself.
God knew this and God, in His mercy, developed a plan. God knew that man needed a Savior.. man needed someone to reconcile himself to God. So, God did the only thing that could be done; God sent His Son to offer reconciliation. I say “offer” because man did not have to accept God’s offer. But, God made the offer to give man the opportunity at reconciliation.
Paul said in II Corinthians 5:19, “For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. And he gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation.”
Notice that Christ was “…no longer counting people’s sins against them.” Jesus took our sins upon His body and through His crucifixion, He paid the price for man’s sins. If man will accept Christ as Savior, man’s sins are “… no longer counted against him.”
Thank the Lord for reconciliation! Thank the Lord that God reconciled us to Himself through His Son, Jesus.

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