Midweek Wake-Up, December 20, 2017
Imagine if you can, having just been caught spraying graffiti on the walls of Buckingham Palace. Spraying slogans such as “the queen is dead”; “I don’t believe she exists”; “what good has she ever done for England”; or “she’s simply a mean old ogre”. Would you expect an invitation into the palace anytime soon? And if you were invited in, what kind of response would you receive? I suspect you would be eyed with quite some suspicion, along with being watched and guarded very closely.
Yet this scenario, in every way represents you and I. Paul tells us in Colossians 1:21 ‘we were once alienated (from God) and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds”. We have known life outside of the palace – living in opposition to the King and ruler, actually hostile in our minds towards the ruler who is over all and has created all. The logical response from the ruler would seem to be to banish us forever from His presence, to give us our just “reward”.
But rather, Paul tells us as we keep reading in this passage “he (the King) has reconciled us in his body of flesh, by his death, in order to present us as holy and blameless and above reproach before him”. Like a scene in a courtroom, you and I have been hauled before the judge. Called to give an account for our lives, for the sin in our lives, for the guilt and shame we often carry. And while before the judge, the Son (Jesus) has stepped in to call us holy and blameless before God the King. The Son, taking the guilt upon himself.
This is the wonder of Christmas – that God, Immanuel (God with Us), has reconciled us by his flesh, dying for you and I. Yes he came as a baby, but he grew up to offer his life for us, in order that you and I would be presented as holy vessels to God the Father!!
This morning NSC, may you dwell on this thought as you go through your day. Those tough enemies of the King, you have been reconciled and invited into the palace!! May you delight in that wonder today, and through this Christmas season!!