Let me tell you, I have had the hardest time trying to think of what to write for my last blog. But, after having gone through possibilities of a “goodbye and thank you” blog, a “recap of the 18 months of my time here” blog, or anything of that sort, I would rather leave you with, what I hope, are words that encourage you in Christ.
I want to talk to you about something that I feel has become my greatest passion and emphasis when it comes to the Gospel. I think the best way I have come to phrase it is “internalizing the reality of what Christ did.” This has especially taken place in what I try to convey in youth ministry. But, it has also become my driving point in simply talking to friends or strangers about Christ too.
So, what do I mean by “internalizing the reality of what Christ did”? It means coming front and center with the reality that we have been reconciled to Christ. The first reality we are met with is that Christ has the desire to meet everyone where they are at. He both beckons all to him, yet also pursues us; doing either or both at different times in each of our lives. Next, is to realize that he does this despite everything you’ve ever done. We’ll do an exercise.
Take something you’re ashamed of, something you’ve given up on, an anger at a situation, or whatever you are holding onto tightly. Now, hold it up against these passages: remember these passages are a reality. “God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). “But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed,” (Isaiah 53:5). “In Christ, God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them,” (2 Corinthians 5:19). “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has died; behold the new has come,” (2 Corinthians 5:17).
There is no remedy or perfume you can sprinkle on something in the past that will redeem what any of us have done, it is out of our hands. And so, to remedy the situation, Christ died for the things you wish you could take back or the things which you have anger towards before you even acted. He has already forgiven, he has already reconciled, it is finished. So, therefore, as Paul says, “We implore you on Christ’s behalf: BE reconciled to God,” (2 Corinthians 5:20). Seize the reality, it has been given to us at no cost of our own.