There’s a Spanish story of a father and son who had become estranged.  The son ran away, and the father set off to find him.  He searched for months to no avail.  Finally, in a last desperate effort to find his son, the father put an ad in a Madrid newspaper.  The ad read, “Dear Paco, meet me in front of this newspaper office at noon on Saturday.  All is forgiven.  I love you.  Your Father.”  On Saturday, 800 Pacos showed up, looking for forgiveness and love from their fathers.

I have no idea if this is a true story, but it is a fantastic illustration of the state of relationships in our world.  How many of us have strained relationships with others that we just wish they would come to us and say, “You know what?  Let’s just settle this and get back to the business of caring for each other.”

One of my favorite words in the Bible is reconciliation.  It really is a beautiful word.  It rolls off my tongue and around in my mind, and it’s so pleasant.  I think the word itself sounds so nice, but even more beautiful is the meaning of the word.  In the Bible, reconciliation is restoring a relationship to where it was before it was broken.  We’re not talking about the awkward kind of friendship you might patch together after a betrayal.  I mean a solid, close connection that looks like there was never any division in the first place.  That’s what makes it so beautiful.  And this is what God seeks.  Through Jesus’ work on the cross, God wants to reconcile with His children, to have a relationship so close that you would hardly be able to believe it was ever any different.

Not only does Jesus reconcile us with the Father, He also gives us a job. 

“For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died.  And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.  So from now on we regard no one from a worldy point of view.  Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer.  Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come; the old has gone, the new is here!  All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation:  that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them.  And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.  We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us.  We implore you on Christ’s behalf:  be reconciled to God.  God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”   2 Corinthians 5:14-21 (NIV)

I can’t apologize for putting all eight verses there for you to read; this passage has so many gems in it that I couldn’t cut any of them out.  But notice how Paul says that we have been given the ministry of reconciliation and the message of reconciliation.  We are the voice of God to the unbeliever, in the same way an ambassador speaks in the place of the leader of his country.  Speak the heart of God to His lost children and encourage them to reconnect with their Father who loves them.

Jesus on the cross was the ad in the newspaper to “Paco.”  Make sure all the “Pacos,” the estranged children of the Father, know that the Father is seeking them out and longs to be reunited and reconciled with them.

What is your favorite word in the Bible?  What significance does it hold in your life?

Posted in . Bookmark the permalink. RSS feed for this post.

Leave a Reply

Swedish Greys - a WordPress theme from Nordic Themepark. Converted by