Reconciliation

The Difference Between the World and God

“For this reason he had to be made like them, fully human in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people.” – Hebrews 2:17 There is an important difference between what the world offers, and what God offers. The best the world can offer is: Process your issue and move on; even if you’ve been through a rough trial, just carry on. The idea is that if you’ve done something bad or experienced trauma, you talk it out and move on. There is some benefit, of course, in talking about what we’ve gone through, but that’s not what the Gospel is. The Gospel doesn’t say just move on; the Gospel says atonement, which is the reconciliation of God and humankind through Jesus Christ. The Gospel is not denying

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This is Jesus’ Heart

“When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, ‘Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.’ So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly. All the people saw this and began to mutter, ‘He has gone to be the guest of a sinner.’ ” – Luke 19:5-7 Jesus had an eating ministry. The heart of Christ is reconciliation, grace, forgiveness, and mercy, and particularly, He likes to do this with food. You might have heard me say this every Sunday back in the day. We used to serve communion and before I would invite people to take part, I would say, “Jesus has an eating ministry and He’s continuing it now in communion.” So much of Jesus’ ministry was inviting sinners — or people who were not supposed to associate with righteous people, to His table. The Bible speaks of a

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Intended Harm Transformed

“His brothers then came and threw themselves down before him. ‘We are your slaves,’ they said. But Joseph said to them, ‘Don’t be afraid. Am I in the place of God? You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. So then, don’t be afraid. I will provide for you and your children.’ And he reassured them and spoke kindly to them.” – Genesis 50:18-21 Yesterday, we continued to look at the story of Joseph and we saw that after nearly twenty years of misfortune and trial, He finally witnessed the fulfillment of his prophetic dream. This is the culmination of his story. After interpreting Pharaoh’s vision, Joseph was elevated to a position wherein his power was almost equal to that of the king. This was truly a display of God’s divine favor! Through this promotion,

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Reconciliation

“For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.” – Matthew 6:14-15 If we want to grow in our relationships, we must become experts at reconciling, at being the bigger person, and especially at being first. Now if you’re the reconciler — and a lot of times it’s one person in the relationship — the next time there’s an argument and you decide that you’re not going to be the first. You say, “No, no! I’m not doing it this time. They have to talk to me.” And I want to just say that to having good relationships means eating crow, setting your pride aside, asking for forgiveness, and being the first to forgive. Also, be overjoyed that you even have someone in your life

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