Reconciled In Christ Jesus
The movie “Midway” is now showing in the movie theatre and even though I haven’t seen it, what I do know is that was a turning point in the war with Japan. Of course, after the dropping of the atomic bombs on Japan, they surrendered unconditionally and peace followed between our two countries since that day. Each person has a war going on in their heart as a result of being born dead in trespasses and sin. The only way we can have peace in our lives is to surrender totally and unconditionally to God on his terms. Please read Colossians 1:19-23. God reconciled everything to himself through the death and shed blood of his Son on Calvary thus making peace. The only way a person can have this reconciliation and peace is by surrendering, submitting to the Lordship of Jesus Christ on his terms. For those who have surrendered, you know that before Jesus came into your life you were at war against God and within yourself and all of your relationships were affected by the state that you were in. The alienation and hostility are a result of being born in sin and it is expressed through the sinful evil actions of our lives. But God did something through his Son Jesus Christ that we could never do. He reconciled sinners to himself. Listen to these two verses: We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God, who are called according to his purpose. For those he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, so that he would be the first-born among many brothers and sisters. And those he predestined, he also called; and those he called; he also justified; and those he justified, he also glorified. (Romans 8:28-29) God did this so that Jesus Christ would be able to present us holy, faultless and blameless before him. When anybody hears the gospel of Jesus and responds to him in faith, he transforms them by washing away their sins through his shed blood. When he does this work of transformation, the Bible says that he sets you apart for himself and his purposes. He also makes you faultless and blameless before him and his Father. When this happens God, the Holy Spirit comes to take up residence on the inside of you changing the way you think about things, changing the attitude of your heart and thereby changing the way you respond to life situations. The Lord God who began a good work in you will be faithful to carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. Have you told the Lord God this weekend just how thankful you are for the salvation that he has provided for you? I am inviting you to surrender your life to Jesus and follow him daily. You’re invited to come and worship the Lord this weekend with us here at First Baptist Church or another Bible believing Church where Jesus is Lord and the Bible is taught.