Praise God because he has made us part of his new creation
There are two really big ideas in this chapter that we’re going to focus on today. Firstly, when we become Christians, Paul says “the new creation has come, the old has gone, the new is here!” That means the past is dead and gone. That means that Jesus changes absolutely everything, that we don’t need to keep going back to bad patterns and habits, that we are now new people. We can start afresh. It’s why when we baptise people, we use water – amongst other things, the water symbolises death and new life, as without water, nothing lives. And it can be pretty dangerous too.
Just think for a moment what that might mean for us. The old has gone. The person we once were, all the sin that was a part of things back then and everything is no longer. Jesus has come and he has changed everything.
Then another ideas is that Christ has given to each of us the message of reconciliation. We act as his ambassadors for the Gospel. It’s not because we’re wonderful people, but because through Jesus, God has reconciled the world to himself. Reconciliation is a long word, but it is about bringing peace to a broken relationship. It’s about bringing people together and bringing healing for hurt that has been caused. This is a privilege and a joy.
It means that just as we have been brought back into relationship with God, we can help bring peace into our world. We can sort out arguments for ourselves, and help our friends who might be fighting each other. We can help people caught up in war and all it’s devastation.
Lord God, thank you that Jesus came so that we might be able to be in relationship with you. Thank you that he became sin so that we might be made right with you and set free. Help us bring peace into our world. Amen.
Is there a situation you know now that needs God’s peace and reconciliation? What can you do about it?