The cross -a reconciliatory event

”For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life!” (Romans 5:10).

“How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity!” (Psalms 133:1). I could paraphrase these words saying, “How good and pleasant it is when God and His people live together in unity!” (Revelation 21:3).

A time is coming when, all things being renewed, God will dwell with His people in pleasant harmony.

God dwelling with His people is the result, in part, of the reconciliation that took place at the cross.

The most important aspect of the reconciliation worked at the cross is our reconciliation to God.

In order to consider the subject of reconciliation, we have to address the question, “Why was there a need for a reconciliation?”; “How did we get there?”

The result of Adam and Eve’s sin was a broken fellowship (Genesis 3:1).  

All this led to a hostile situation (Romans 5:6-10). We became powerless and ungodly (v.6), which basically means we could do nothing about it and that, actually, we had no intention to do anything about it. We fell way short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). As sinners we became God’s enemies – Romans 8:7 and Colossians 1:21. The eternal danger was “hell” – an eternity separated from God.

God looks at the cross and declares that the penalty for our sin has been paid in full, once for all.

The broken fellowship is restored; the hostile situation is resolved; and the dangerous situation is averted. “Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ…” (Romans 5:1).