Reconciliation with God; each other!
“We implore you on Christ’s behalf: be reconciled to God.” 2 Cor 5:20
“There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” Galatians 3:28
Humanity’s greatest need is to be reconciled to God. What does reconciliation with God mean? Why is there even a need to be reconciled to Him? The Bible is clear that our sin has alienated us from God: that man is born into sin and that our relationship with God was broken.
Without being reconciled to God we are lost and have no true peace.
The baby in the manger, for whom there was no room in the inn, is our only hope, for the Scriptures make it clear that reconciliation with God is only possible through faith in Christ Jesus: “All this is from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ…”
In Jesus, we are not only reconciled to God but to each other. We become one body in Him.
Christ, our peace, broke down the wall of hostility that separated the Jews and Gentiles and made us one. And this is the beauty of the Gospel: that in Christ we are all one, no matter the colour of our skin, our nationality, or our economic status. In Christ, there is no place for racism or discrimination because of our unity in Him.
All of the above is possible only through our Lord Jesus who left heaven to come to earth in form of a man, humbling Himself unto death, even death on a cross, so that we might be forgiven and brought near to God and become one body. Gino Nel, The Bowker Street Baptist Church