A wall of hostility is being built ever higher in our society. You see it happening on social media, in universities, between generations, even within the church. It comes from a self-righteous idea that you must hate or unfriend or separate from anyone who doesn’t agree with you politically or culturally. This hostility is only a dim image of a much deeper, more profound hostility that exists between us, who are sinners, and God, who is holy. That hostility leaves us at odds with God. And we know it. Our conscience accuses us. We get defensive or try to make ourselves feel better by comparing ourselves with others, but none of it works. None of it changes our status with God.
So, "God made Him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that that in Him we might become the righteousness of God." (II Corinthians 5:21) He took everything wrong, ugly, and vile about us and laid it on Jesus, and He took everything right, holy, and good about Jesus and gave it to us. Because of this incredible exchange, we are not guilty as sin, but we are as righteous as Christ. This is what God has done for us in Christ, demolishing the wall of hostility and making peace with us. Repent, turn away from your sin and self-righteousness, and BE RECONCILED TO GOD. Believe the good news that because of Christ, nothing stands between you and God, that your sins are forgiven, your guilt removed. May this message of reconciliation define your new year and your life – LIVE IT WITH OTHERS.
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Christ Our Redeemer Lutheran Church
Daniel is the Staff Minister at Christ Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, El Paso TX.