Fixing Our Broken Relationship

03.21.16 | Sermon Series: At The Cross

Reconciliation is an accounting term. It means you bring two account records into alignment with each other so that they reflect the same balance. Reconciliation is also a relationship word. It means to restore a relationship, including our relationship to God. While sin causes our relationship to God to be broken, we can be reconciled and reunited with Him. How?

But now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation, namely that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation. Therefore we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. (2 Corinthians 5:18–20)

God is Good to You

Sin brought death, condemnation and slavery. But it also brought alienation from God. But God pursued you because He wanted a relationship with you. He gave Jesus as the payment for your sins. He declared you not guilty and took condemnation off the table. He set you free from sin and yourself.

Jesus is our peace. We are no longer estranged and alienated, but we are restored. You don’t have to try harder, do better or meet Him in the middle. God has done it all (Ephesians 2:8–9).

This is why we cling to the cross and sing about the cross. It’s there that God’s love was clearly demonstrated; our lives were changed, and hope was reborn. What we lost, God graciously restored. Worship rises from a heart that knows God has done this for us. He’s good — better than we can imagine.

You Have a New Relationship Status

If you are a Facebook user, you know about relationship status. It’s your way of letting the world know if you are in a relationship or not and at what level.

Reconciliation means your relationship status with God has changed. We are restored to the original relationship God designed for us. Our spirits are alive, and we walk and talk with God daily just like Adam and Eve enjoyed (Genesis 2). Reconciliation speaks of a changing or a reversal in the relationship.

What does that mean for us?

  • He is on our side (Romans 8:31).
  • We have access in prayer (Hebrews 10:19–22).
  • We experience an abundance of love (Romans 5:5).
  • He provides protection (Psalm 46:1–2; Luke 21:18).
  • He gives guidance (Psalm 32:8).
  • We have an imperishable inheritance (1 Peter 1:3–4).

You Have Good News to Share

You now have the ministry of reconciliation. That means you’ve been given the job of helping people be restored to a relationship with God. You may think that’s crazy, given your mistakes and past. But remember that failure doesn’t disqualify you from your purpose. Sometimes God redeems your failure to be part of your purpose. He redeems your pain.

Who better to share the good news with a convicted felon than a reconciled felon? Who better to share the good news with a person haunted by the guilt of an abortion than a person who used to be haunted by that same guilt but found forgiveness and freedom in Jesus?

God is making His appeal through us — we are the messengers, the vessels that carry the message. God uses us to reach others. You are a beggar telling other beggars where to find the bread of life.

People need to know the truth. Jesus took God’s wrath and became our punishment. He took away our guilt and declares us righteous. We are free from the penalty of sin and from the power of sin because He redeemed us. And now we are friends of God and children of God. That’s news worth celebrating. That’s news worth sharing.