When I was in my late teens, early twenties, I loved collecting baseball cards. For me the hunt was the thrill. Going from card shop to card shop, opening new packs, wondering what popular rookie card or rare card would be there, was why I did it. Once I got the cards home, I almost forgot they were there. Matter of fact, I have trunks and boxes full of cards today and they are just sitting in my garage. I don’t look at them. I don’t flip through the albums full of them. I hardly remember they are there, except when I need to move them to get to something I really need.
I’m so glad Jesus doesn’t treat us the same way. In 2 Corinthians 5:19, the Bible says, “that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself.” In other words, He was restoring or bringing us back into a right relationship with him. When I think of the world and the country of Guatemala, I know God wants to restore their relationship with him. God also is on a hunt, not for baseball cards, but the souls of people. In this verse, I’m reminded of 4 facts that encourage me.
2 Corinthians 5:19 “To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.”
1. He came to find us.
a. It says, God was in Christ, as the second person of the trinity, Christ came to seek and save that which was lost Luke 19:10. He is looking for them!
2. He came so we could have fellowship with him.
a. Reconciling the world unto himself
b. John 17:21 Jesus prays that we can be one with them
3. He came so we could have forgiveness.
a. Not imputing their trespasses unto them
b. Col 1:14 “In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins.”
4. He came so we could have a brighter future.
a. John 5:24 ….” He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from unto life.”
God is in the world today reconciling Guatemalans to Him
He has given us the ministry/word of reconciliation