Reconciliation is the hope of the world

Posted by Matt Lane on November 27th, 2017 filed in Christian Living, Church, Jordan Refugees

Some things are so broke that the path to fix them is so complicated that humanly speaking, there isn’t a lot of hope. Having recently visited the Middle East and specifically Jordan, to fix the refugee issues in the region is virtually impossible. The deep seated issues between different groups are centuries old and are not going to be solved with a simple solution. Eradicating ISIS from the region is also not an easy task. How to support all the refugees WHILE a solution is put in place is almost just as impossible.

But in the midst of all of that, there is hope. There IS a solution. 2 Corinthians 5:19 says “in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, “. There it is. God is restoring harmony between the world and himself through Jesus. How? Through Jesus the payment was paid and he doesn’t count our sin against us. We Christians have been given this message of reconciliation. We are to be his ambassadors with this message.

I can’t imagine what it would take to forgive those that have zealously persecuted you. Knowing that a people group left you with nothing would weigh heavily on you. Knowing that they were responsible for the murder of your child would be crushing. How much it would cost you personally to give up and move forward. To not want revenge. To not want any retribution in any way. What would that cost? What would it cost emotionally? What would it cost psychologically? Forgiveness is not free. It’s incredibly costly and I don’t have any idea what it would be like to even contemplate it. In my middle class social-economic environment, I can’t relate in any way.

But, the message that I have been given is the SAME message that has been given to the Iraqi Christian refugees. Reconciliation through Christ. To God and others.

Like other tough situations, it’s difficult to ask someone to choose the hard path. Especially a path that I can’t identify with. However, the depth of verse 21 compels us to the message of reconciliation and while we might want a different option, it is the only hope of the world.

“For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”

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