Today, before we dive into our passage, I want to take a quick look into Merriam Webster’s Dictionary. I have found that there are words that we use so much that we tend to become numb to the actually meaning. If we have spent any amount of time in church, we have probably heard reconciliation at least once or twice. I’m sure that many of us could give a definition of our own, but do we know what it really means? According to Merriam Webster’s Dictionary, reconcile is, “to cause people or groups to become friendly again after an argument or disagreement.” What does it mean when we bring this word into the relationship with our God?
Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation. Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God. For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
2 Corinthians 5:18-21 (NKJV)
Last night in youth group we talked about DNA. We inherit our DNA from our parents. We can’t pick it nor can we trade it. To demonstrate this idea, we had wrapped white paper over suckers to hide their flavor . I instructed the students that they were not allowed to trade with anyone. What they got was what they got. Some students celebrated when they found out they had got their favorite flavor. Other students complained when they got flavors they hated. I explained how we all received our DNA ultimately from Adam and Eve. Adam and Eve were perfectly made in the image of God. Through an act of disobedience they contracted a blood disease call sin. This permanently altered their DNA, the very same DNA we inherited. The good news we find in our verse today is that Jesus was the ultimate blood donor. This DNA defect separated us from God. God could no longer look upon His beautiful creation because this sin blood disease had deformed and altered us so much. We had become disgusting to God. Then God sent His Son, who was free from this Sin altered DNA, to reconcile us back to the Himself through a blood transfusion. Jesus reconciled us to the Father that sin separated us from. The tragedy is that our bodies have a tendency to reject this transfusion. Doctors will tell you that sometime a sick body will reject the blood transfusion that it needs to stay alive. Today our spirit may be willing to have this blood transfusion, however our flesh is weak to follow through in obedience. We find it so difficult to follow Christ. I want to encourage you, that if you find yourself in a position that your body begins to reject Christ’s Blood, this is a lifelong procedure. Every day we must receive the blood of Jesus in our hearts to do the right thing and make the right decisions. Then and only then will we fully become the “Righteousness of God”. To express God’s grace to my students, at the end of class I let them trade their suckers, just like God allows us, in our deformed and DNA altered state, to be reconciled to Him through a blood transfusion from the Ultimate Blood Donor.
God, we thank you for loving us so much to send He who knew no sin to be sin for us. I pray that we can receive this transfusion daily without our bodies rejecting it. God, we receive your Son in our lives that we might become your righteousness. Teach us, lead us, and guide us today Lord. Watch over us and provide for us. We pray this in the name of our All in All, Jesus Christ. Amen