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Lent Day 5

February 27, 2012 by Jong Park

Colossians 1:21 And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, 22 he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him

We have a succinct explanation of the Gospel in Colossians 1:21-22: We have a dark past: “(You) were once alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds” (sinful nature which led to sinful actions); a forgiven present: “now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death”; and a hopeful future: “to present us holy and blameless…” The Gospel doesn’t allow us to gloss over our past, but offers the solution in Christ, and puts the hope of glory in our hearts.

The explanation of the Gospel is nuanced in this passage with the theme of relationship. We are “alienated” from God and “hostile” toward him, so we need to be “reconciled”, not unlike the younger son who distanced himself from the Father, wandered off to a far land, and lived recklessly (Luke 15:14). Dr. Moore offers poignant words to describe the situation: “The father ate many fattened calves while his son was gone, but it was all tasteless without the son.” How deep the Father’s love-it’s all tasteless when his children are not home.

Reconciliation to the Father comes through the Son, of course. In this passage the two key words highlighting the work of Jesus on the cross is “flesh” and “death”. God had to become flesh (incarnation) and experience a sacrificial death (crucifixion). There you have it, God came low to be with man so that man could go high and be with God. Without Him, we would be outside the Father’s house forever. But as it is, we are not only reconciled, but we will be presented holy and blameless before him (23) as co-heirs with Christ (Romans 8:17).

Prayer: Thank you Father that you saw me in my lost state and called me home. Thank you that Jesus was your voice and your heart and my sacrifice. Thank you that He became man and went on the cross for me. Thank you for your love for a wayward child. Help me to always live in the Father’s house, seeking the Father’s heart. Also help me to share the Father’s heart with others, so they too could be drawn to live in the Father’s house. Amen.

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