Although there is no Connect Newsletter this week, our new Sunday Teaching Series Brochure entitled “The Message of the Cross” is available from the Church Officer or at the Welcome Table next Sunday. In the meantime we continue with our devotions looking at the sacrifice Jesus made for us on the cross.
Reconciled to God
The gospel contains information about how humanity can be forgiven, once again walk with God on a daily basis, and receive the promise of life after physical death. The apostle Paul explains that the foundation of the Christian message is one of reconciliation. He states in 2 Corinthians 5:18-19,
“Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.”
God enabled the breach to be healed through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. It was God’s love for us that moved Him to offer His own Son for mankind (John 3:16). The entire thrust of the Christian Church and ministry is about this reconciliation. But how was this accomplished and why did Jesus have to die such a terrible death?
The plan for human salvation is God’s. The method that He chose for the removal/forgiveness of our sins was that a member of the God family — the Word who became flesh (John 1:1-2, 14) — would come to earth as the human being Jesus Christ and die for our sins. Paul expresses this profound act of mercy in Philippians 2:5-8:
“Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form he humbled himself and became obedient unto death, even death on a cross” (Revised Standard Version).