In today’s American society there is a considerable amount of tension that exists among people, even and included within the Christian Church, that is being caused because of various situations that have not been brought to a point of reconciliation. These situations may stem from religious differences, broken relationships, racial injustices, political preferences and opinions, work related conflicts. No matter what circumstances this tension may develop out of there is nothing positive about such a state of being.
The devil loves to create tension and hostility within humanity, and especially within Christendom, for in doing so it places undo stress on God’s creation and His plan for unity and harmony between those who are His children. Satan thrives on and relishes in filling the lives of God’s people with anxiety, mental stress, agitation, hostility. This kind of action is just another way to display his rebellious attitude towards the Lord Almighty.
God knows what the prince of darkness is up to and so He offers guidance and direction to us in His Holy Word. And more than that He provides for us the ultimate example of how the reconciliation process truly works. In Jesus’ sacrificial work He brought about the necessary reconciliation between fallen man and their Creator. Through Jesus’ death on the cross and resurrection from the dead He restored the broken relationship which was caused by man’s sin. The tension between God and man, life and death, was dealt with when Jesus gave up His life for the sins of all. In His final words from the cross, we hear the sweet announcement of reconciliation “It is finished”! Paul confirms this message in Ephesians 2:14-17, For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility by abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace, and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby killing the hostility. And he came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near. The Apostles goes on to tell us in Romans 5:10-11, For if while we were sinners we were reconciled to God by the death of His Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by His life. More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.
In now knowing how we have been reconciled to God in Christ Jesus, what are we to do in response? Let us go to the Gospel of Matthew 5:23-24 to get some information concerning God’s command about what to do. “So, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift”.
Dear friends in Christ, If Jesus was willing to reconcile the tension that separated us from God, should we not also desire to follow His lead. Let us not play into the devil’s hands, but be those who are extensions of the Saviors hands!!!!!!!!! Pastor McCarty