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SERMON LIBRARY
Reconciliation
In Christ love and the fellowship of
His body
Bob, Dee and Marilyn

Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has
given us the ministry of reconciliation.
That is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses
to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.
Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we
implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God.
 2Corinthians 5: 18-20

The word reconciled, is the Greek word: Katallasso (at-al-las-so) Strongs number 2644.  It
means: to change, exchange, reestablish, restore relationships, make things right, remove an
enmity (mutual hatred or ill will).

From the very beginning God had a plan for mankind to be reconciled to Him.  What
happened that mankind needed to be reconciled?  To answer that question we have to go
back…..way back…to the beginning.

Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have
dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the
earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”
  Genesis 1:26

And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the
breath of life; and man became a living being.
  Genesis 2:7

God planted a garden and placed man there telling him to have dominion over the fish, birds,
cattle, and every creeping thing.  God gave everything that was needed to live with one
instruction, He gave to Adam.

And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may
freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day
that you eat of it you shall surely die.”
 Genesis 2:16-17

God had supplied all that the man needed, except there was none comparable to him that
would be a helper.

So Adam gave names to all cattle, to the birds of the air, and to every beast of the field.  But
for Adam there was not found a helper comparable to him.
Genesis 2:20

And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall on Adam, and he slept; and He took one of
his ribs, and closed up the flesh in its place.  Then the rib which The LORD God had taken
from man He made into a woman, and He brought her to the man.
 Genesis 2: 21-22

Adam and Eve had all that was needed; Adam walked and talked with God until one day, the
serpent came to Eve, lied to her twisting what God had said to Adam.  Eve believed the
serpent that she would not die so she ate the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil.  
Then she gave to Adam and he ate the fruit also.  Their eyes were open and they saw they
were naked; they were not wise, but already knowing what they had done they were
embarrassed of their nakedness.  God called to Adam in the garden, ‘where are you?’ God
knew what they had done, and they blamed each other for doing what they knew they were
not supposed to do.  Sounds like a child getting caught with their hand in the cookie jar, so to
speak.  Mom or dad knowing what they have done ask the question. What are you doing?  
The child will blame someone else for the crime.
Johnny made me do it.
Because of Adam and Eve’s sin they were separated from God, they were not in right
relationship with Him.  Something had to happen to make things right again. Oh, but God had
a plan from the very beginning.  He wasted no time in declaring how things would be:

So the LORD God said to the serpent: “Because you have done this, you are cursed more
than all cattle, and more than every beast of the field; on your belly you shall go, and you
shall eat dust all the days of your life.  And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and
between your seed and her Seed: He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel.”
 
Genesis 3: 14-15


There may be struggles, there may be battles but God has a plan to reconciled man to
Himself.  That plan is Jesus Christ, the anointed one, the Messiah; God’s son would pay the
price so that mankind can be reconciled to God.

Isaiah 9:6  (a prophesy give hundreds of years before Jesus was born) For unto us a Child is
born, unto us a Son is given: and the government will be upon His shoulder.  And His name
will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Who has believed our report?  And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?  For
He shall grow up before Him as a tender plant, and as a root out of dry ground.  He has no
form or comeliness; and when we see Him, there is no beauty that we should desire Him.  He
is despised and rejected by men, a Man of sorrows (pains) and acquainted with grief
(sicknesses).  And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him; He was despised, and we did not
esteem Him.  Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed Him
stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted.  But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was
bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes
we are healed.  
All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned, every one, to his own way; and the
LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.  He was oppressed and He was afflicted, yet He
opened not His mouth; He was led as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its
shearers is silent, so He opened not His mouth.  He was taken from prison and from
judgment, and who will declare His generation?  For He was cut off from the land of the living;
for the transgressions of My people He was stricken.
 
Isaiah 53:1-8  emphasis is mine

The  word given hundreds of years before Jesus was born.  God loves us so much He is
telling us I have a way back to me, a way to be reconciled (make things right).  He is telling us
in Isaiah and many other prophecies, I have a plan, a way for us to be reconciled to Him.  
There is coming a Messiah that will pay the price for our sins.  When these things happen
you will know this is the One.  The Way is Jesus God’s son.

God loves us unconditionally…there is nothing you or I can do that would make God love us
or not love us.  He loves you and wants to make it right.   He is not requiring us to do this or
that; reconciliation is a gift.  All you have to do is accept it.  If you do not accept His gift, He
will still love you, but you will not be in right relationship with Him.  As it is written in
2Corinthians 5: 20, He is imploring you to be reconciled to Him.   Implore means: to call upon
in supplication, to call or pray earnestly
Do you see the heart of the Father?  Do you hear Him calling?  Be Reconciled to Me!!


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