v 22. Yet now he has reconciled you to himself through the death of Christ in his physical body. As a result, he has brought you into his own presence, and you are holy and blameless as you stand before him without a single fault.
Reconciliation – the bringing together of two parties that are in disagreement or who are enemies for some reason – is one of the most fundamental concepts underlying the whole Christian message. Human sin is the barrier or gulf between humanity and a holy God. Every one of us was born on the wrong side of the barrier and so is out of harmony with the Creator. The whole Bible story, through its history, poetry, prophecy and teaching, is the tale of how humanity can be reconciled to God. This is the central strand of the whole story. It is a story beginning in Genesis where humanity falls out with God through wilful disobedience and ends in Revelation with a beautiful reconciliation and humanity again in harmony with the Creator.
This peace between God and His creation was costly. It was brought about through the physical death of Jesus, the Son in the eternal Trinity, on a cross at Calvary. Making peace was God’s initiative; it was something beyond what we could ourselves could achieve. It was God Himself who opened the door to reconciliation.
You see, Peace-making is embedded in the nature of God. No wonder Jesus describes as happy, or blessed, those who strive to be God-like as they seek peace amongst fellow-humans. This kind of peace is more than the absence of strife, it brings about harmony and goodwill. We have been brought into a new relationship with God, so that we can experience the joy and peace of walking with Him through life. As peace-makers we aim to do more than banish enmity between people; our desire is to reconnect people so that they can live in harmony with each other. What a blessing we can bring into the lives of troubled individuals!