Jesus came to reconcile the banished and estranged. And if God sent his son to offer reconciliation in the middle of all our brokenness and estrangement, what is stopping you from accepting it? Is reconciliation within reach for you and you don’t even know it?
14 Like water spilled on the ground, which cannot be recovered, so we must die. But that is not what God desires; rather, he devises ways so that a banished person does not remain banished from him.
17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.
10 For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life!
Yesterday we were looking at the story of Absalom’s estranged relationship with David. Absalom killed his brother, Amnon, because he had raped their sister Tamar. Amnon’s murder was a revenge killing, and it left Absalom living in hiding, while David mourned for his children.
After grieving the rape of his daughter Tamar, David grieved the loss of his son, Amnon, and finally David grieved the estrangement of Absalom. David’s family was torn apart, and it took the wisdom of the woman from Tekoa to help realize that reconciliation was within reach.
This woman taught David that, “God does not take away life; instead, he devises ways so that a banished person may not remain estranged from him,” (2Samuel 14:14). Even though David felt like the joy and fulfillment of life was being taking from him, God is not focused on taking away life, but rather restoring and reconciling life to himself. If we are estranged from God, feeling banished because of our sin, he has a plan to reconcile us.
Why are you feeling separated from God, banished and estranged? Is it something that you have done – something so terrible that it is unforgivable in your mind? Or could it be that you are angry at God for allowing something terrible to happen to your own loved one? Many of us are held back in our relationships with God because of what we have done or because of what God has let happen to us.
Enter Jesus. Jesus came into the world to bring reconciliation. When we read that God devises ways so that a banished person may not remain estranged from him, Jesus is that way. We sometimes think that Jesus came into the world as the judge, yet his own explanation in John 3:17-18 clarifies that God did not send his son into the world to condemn (to take away life) – he came to give life. Jesus knew that our world sat condemned already: he could see the brokenness and the sin and the estrangement in our world.
Jesus knows there are too many people who are banished by their families, brother against brother and sister against sister, estranged from each other and estranged from God. Jesus came to reconcile the banished and estranged.
It’s important to understand that God made his move to reconcile with us, not when we were seeking him out, but rather when we were his enemies (Romans 5:10). We separate ourselves from God through our sin and our brokenness. Our relationships with God and each other are estranged by sin. In the middle of that brokenness – in the middle of our estrangement – while we were condemned and banished – Jesus came to offer life and reconciliation.
And if God sent his son to offer reconciliation in the middle of all that brokenness, what is stopping you from accepting it? What is stopping you from being reconciled with each other and God today?