March 18 – LD 11, Day 7: Reconciled to God through Jesus
Monday the 18th of March
in Heidelberg Catechism Meditations
Colossians 1:19, 20 “For it pleased the Father that in Him should all fullness dwell; And, having made peace through the blood of His cross, by Him to reconcile all things unto Himself; by Him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.”
Reconciliation with God is that which is so desperately needed by man.
We rejoice in the gift of God’s Son, by which wonder God accomplished this reconciliation. God and man are brought together through the child that was born, the Son that was given. (Isaiah 9:6) This work of God takes sinful men and women, forgives them, and brings them into the closest relationship possible with the living God of heaven and earth. We, who were lost and godless, are taken into the family of the living God. The cause of our misery and conflict with God, namely sin, is removed and we now are able to fellowship with God in Jesus Christ. There is peace with God. The frightening curse is taken out of our lives and we now realize that God is not a wrathful Judge, but a loving Father who will judge in mercy and grace.
With this confession on our lips, we are able to pray for the coming of Jesus again on the clouds of heaven. He will come to sever the last tie that joins us to this sinful world, and bring us into the fullness of heavenly bliss in the New Jerusalem where God will tabernacle with man. Praise God today for His faithfulness and treasure the glorious and mysterious union that we have with Him because of Jesus.