Mothers for Prodigals

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Reconciled and Redeemed

For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will hardly die for a righteous man; though perhaps for the good man someone would dare even to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. And not only this, but we also exult in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.  Romans 5:6-11 (NASB)

Yet He has now reconciled you in His fleshly body through death, in order to present you before Him holy and blameless and beyond reproach.  Colossians 1:22 (NASB)

Evil exists in the world. Grab a newspaper or turn on the TV for evidence. Murders, suicides, adultery, idolatry, sin on every front. We see horrific pictures, hear dreadful stories—repulsion lurches our stomachs and we turn away. But what about our own wrongdoings? How do our offenses affect God? Is He revolted? Does He turn away?

God is holy and distinctively different and separate from mankind. He’s “a cut above” yet He created humans in His image, calling us children of God. Because we are His children, all of our sins affect His heart, even our fear and doubt. Heavenly Father grieves over our wickedness just as an earthly parent laments a child’s rebelliousness. Does a loving earthly parent turn away from a misbehaving child? Neither does God turn His back on His children. 

He lovingly stands ready to receive us with open arms, like the father of the prodigal son (Luke 15). Our sins don’t obstruct His action—He runs to His repentant children. For while the world sinned, God sent His Son Jesus to die for all sinners. A sinless holy God loved His children so much that He willingly sacrificed His life to save lives. 

Would you readily die for your own child? Probably. Would you gladly die for a good person? Maybe. Would you willingly die for a rapist or a murderer? Most likely not. Why? Because he/she deserves severe punishment, not redemption.

YET Jesus died for everyone—worriers, doubters, atheists, adulterers, liars, haters, homosexuals, rapists, and murderers. Every ugly sin was placed upon Him on the cross. It looked like ripped, bleeding flesh, nails through wrists and feet, a bloodied and beaten face, a punctured gaping wound below ribs, and death. He willingly took this punishment to spare mankind from hell’s eternal fire. He offered mankind His holiness for a reward of eternal life.

Jesus bridged the gap between a holy God and a sinless people through the act of reconciliation. His cross paves a pathway into the presence of a loving Almighty God. He’s done the work to save us from our sins. Now it’s up to us to accept what He’s done, repent of our sins, and receive redemption. Be honest about your wrongdoings. Go ahead and tell Him because He already knows. Most of our parents knew what we did wrong before we told them. They only wanted us to admit our wrong and apologize. God desires the same. 

Reconciliation is a choice offered to us. Turn away from the ugliness of sin, self, and the world. Choose life and be reconciled to God. Receive the forgiveness of sins and stand redeemed before the holy God. He extends abundant life on earth and eternal life in heaven!

Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.  2 Corinthians 5:20 (NASB)


  1. As always, a wonderful thought provoking post.

    1. Thank you so much! Only God makes this all possible!