Journey to Jerusalem Day 23
Thursday, March 19 1 Romans 5:6-11
6 For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die—8 but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. 10 For if while we were enemies 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. 11 More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.
Would you die for someone you didn’t like or maybe someone who has done you harm? Most of us would say a definite “no,” but that is just what Jesus did for us on the cross. God shows us his love for while we were still sinners, he sent his son, Jesus, to die for us.
But why would he do that for an ungodly bunch? So that we would be justified before God and escape his wrath. Now we rejoice that we are reconciled to God through our savior’s death. In the world, to reconcile means to restore friendly relationships; but the biblical meaning goes much deeper.
In the Christian world, it is an element of our salvation that refers to the results of Jesus death for us. It is the end of estrangement between us and God that began with the fall. Our relationship with God has been restored.
In 2 Corinthians 5, we read Paul’s words that because we are reconciled to God by Jesus, God has given us a ministry of reconciliation. We have become ambassadors of Christ entrusting us with the message that the relationship between God and man has been restored. As ministers, we are to be sharing the message that Jesus died for all of us and what great love God has for his people!
Therefore, let us be God’s ministers of reconciliation to our world around us sharing the good news, “That while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
Father in heaven, while we were weak, you sent Jesus for us. We “rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.” Help us to be your ministers reconciling those around us that they might be restored to a loving relationship with you. Amen.