Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation – if you continue in your faith, established and firm, not moved from the hope held out in the gospel. This is the gospel that you heard and that has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven, and of which I, Paul, have become a servant. – Colossians 1:21-23
Have you ever wanted to go back to the way it was? You and your dear friend were so close and you did everything together. In fact, people thought you were inseparable. Then one day it all changed. Some harsh words were spoken and things escalated; feelings were hurt and suddenly a once tight relationship was now hanging by a thread. You desperately wanted to take things back so you could go back to the way it was.
Ever since Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit, sinful mankind has been trying to get things back to the way it was. We bargain with God. We offer our good works still tainted with sin. We try to pile up enough good to offset all the bad. Even as we try to make it right, we keep on sinning at the same time. God’s relationship with his people used to be perfect. He and Adam were inseparable. Sin changed all of that for every one. Paul says, “Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior.” Try as we might, we can’t get it back to the way it was.
That’s where God stepped in. His word tells us, “But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation.” God has reconciled us to himself through the death of Jesus on the cross. By his death in our place, Jesus has erased our sins, and in God’s sight we are holy. Our close relationship with God has been restored: He is there for us. He is with us always. He loves us and cares for us. He makes everything work out for our good.
Through faith in Christ, we will experience the “hope held out in the gospel” that in heaven we will live in perfect harmony with God, forever. Praise and thanks to our God who has reconciled us to himself through Jesus!
Prayer: Dear Father in heaven, help me to appreciate this new relationship that I have with you through Christ. Lead me to live in thanks for the harmony I have with you. Amen.