2 Corinthians 5:20-21 New Living Translation
“So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, ‘Come back to God!’ For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ.”
When Adam and Eve disobeyed God in the Garden of Eden that lone act caused a gap to exist between man and God. Christ’s death on the cross closed that gap. The previous relationship man had with God had been restored. When our sins are erased through Christ’s blood, we stand forgiveness. Think about all the regrettable things we have done in our lives. In many cases we wish we could take them back; but life doesn’t have a delete key. We do, however, have the next best thing with God. We have redemption, which is a ‘buying back’ of sorts. The debt we owed because of our sins was far greater than our ability to pay, so God provided a buyback program through Christ. His death paid for all our sins. We have a clean slate. We will sin again, because of our propensity to do the wrong thing, but as long as we approach God with genuine sorrow and regret in our heart and ask to be forgiven, we shall be forgiven.
As believers in Christ we are His ambassadors. We represent Him in all we think, say and do. We need to consider that each day for every time we say or do something we are a representation of God. Are we a favorable representation or an unfavorable one? Are we drawing people towards God or pushing them away by what we say and do?
As Christians, we must understand and never forget the incredible price paid for the sin we so willingly committed. I cannot personally fathom taking on such the brutal and inhuman beating Jesus went through. The thing that is even more amazing to me is that I know in my heart if it were necessary, I believe He would go through that all over again. His death, burial and resurrection was a complete act that will never need to be repeated for it got the job done. This is why he proclaimed on the cross “It is finished”. Our redemption had been secured. Our freedom won. For those who have already embraced the grace of God and received forgiveness, your restoration is finished. Now our task is to walk and talk like the redeemed person we are. Until next time, walk with the King and be a blessing!
Resource: The Life Application Study Bible; Published by Tyndale House.