Reconciled

“Our weekly article in the Northport Gazette and the West Alabama Gazette”.

Watering the Tulips

04/18/2012

“He shall see the labor of His soul, and be satisfied. By His knowledge My righteous Servant shall justify many, for He shall bear their iniquities” - Isaiah 53:11

Reconciled!! Oh, what a joy to know that Jesus has reconciled us to God. How wondrous to be brought to understand that He literally took our sins and paid the price for them. Great is the work of redemption. Marvelous is God’s plan of salvation!
Our text verse says that the Father is “satisfied” with the work of Christ on the cross. In other words, Jesus’ payment for our sin was enough. Those sins will never have to be paid for again! Certainly, God is better than any financial institution of our day. He would never require double payment for sin. This ought to daily give great comfort to the one whose trust is founded in Jesus and His meritorious work!
Certainly, the mission of Jesus was declared from the start. The angel told Joseph, “she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21). It is certainly true that the ministry of Jesus accomplished several things. However, His ultimate assignment was to die on the cross for the sins of His people, according to the angel sent by God.
Jesus kept true to this mission and alluded to it numerous times in His ministry. For instance, in John 10:11 He said, “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep.” Later in the same sermon, He said, “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand” (John 10:27-28). Jesus certainly knew full well that He was to lay down His life for His people.
Just before Jesus breathed His last breath, He uttered three of the most wonderful words in the entire Bible – “It is finished” (John 19:30). If you are a believer, you will never pay the debt of your sins. That payment has already been made in full. The work of redemption is completed. Through Christ’s finished work on the cross, the believer is literally reconciled to God (Romans 5:11). Reconciliation is not a temporary work. It is complete. We are justified. We are saved. We have been given eternal life. We will never perish. We will never be snatched out of the hand of Jesus. Praises be to God!
Child of God, take comfort in the work of Jesus. Certainly, God accepts us on the basis of what His Son and our Savior did on Calvary’s cross (Ephesians 1:6). The need of man is to be accepted by God. The work of Jesus provided that door by which the sheep enter in (John 10:7). There is no other way. He is “the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through [Him]” (John 14:6). Our prayer is that God has given you the gift of faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ. We certainly hope all your confidence is in Him and His completed mission.


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