For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.
Colossians 1:19-20 (NIV)
The cross of our Lord Jesus Christ accomplished many things for Christians. However, this passage particularly highlights the aspect of reconciliation which plays a significant role in bringing together two or more parties with differences, not just by disregarding what divides them but dissolving the division completely. Since reconciliation bridges the gap between the divided parties, a peaceful relationship can be enjoyed between them after removing the dividing factor. Jesus, the righteous son of God, hung on the cross on our behalf and paid the full debt for our sins. By that, He completely removed every barrier that stood between the followers of Christ and God, hence creating true peace with their Creator.
For true reconciliation to happen and peace be established between Himself and sinners, God chose to forget all the sins of the world through the blood of His son that was shed on the cross. In this reconciliation, God Himself paid the debt through the life and blood that His righteous Son shed on the cross. Therefore, you are now free to have the deepest possible peace and mutual relationship with brethren, God the Father, and His Son, Jesus, as a faithful follower of Christ.
This is the fourth in the “Enjoy Christ’s Fullness” series of blog posts and is written by Alemi Todoko, PEER Servants volunteer from Koboko, Uganda but currently living and working in Juba, South Sudan.