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Reconciliation 

As we approach the day that the world celebrates our risen Lord Jesus Christ, I wanted to take a look at what his death and resurrection meant. In the beginning of the world, God created man and gave him everything that he needed to live and to live a life of peace and joy. Man had a perfect relationship with our creator. 
However, that relationship did not last as man disobeyed God and that disobedience brought sin into the world. Along, with pain, and suffering. 

The old testament is the story of deliverance. How God delivered his people out of Egypt. How God gave man a second chance when he became angry and flooded the earth. He essentially gave man a redo hoping that that we would turn back to him. This also failed. 
Because of man’s sin our relationship with God was broken. We were estranged from God and there was only one true way for that relationship to be restored. That was one final sacrifice that would be about not a partial restoration; but a full reconciliation in our relationship with God. 
The book of 2nd Corinthians is such a blessing to read and study. Chapter 5:11-21, tells us the story and the ministry of reconciliation. 
11 Since, then, we know what it is to fear the Lord, we try to persuade others. What we are is plain to God, and I hope it is also plain to your conscience. 12 We are not trying to commend ourselves to you again, but are giving you an opportunity to take pride in us, so that you can answer those who take pride in what is seen rather than in what is in the heart.13 If we are “out of our mind,” as some say, it is for God; if we are in our right mind, it is for you. 14 For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. 15 And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.
16 So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer.17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come:[a] The old has gone, the new is here! 18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 20 We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. 21 God made him who had no sin to be sin[b] for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

Every man, woman, and child has the opportunity to be reconciled to God. Christ was made into our sins so that we might live through his death. And in doing so Christ suffered the consequences for our actions, and we reap the benefits of his actions for each of us. 

Sometimes, there is a lost translation that man somehow can accomplish salvation without Christ or through their own actions. The only way to receive eternal life is through Jesus. His life, his death, and praise God his resurrection. 

So today, I want to simply share that we should celebrate Easter every day. Why, because each and every day we receive the blessings of salvation by what Christ did for us. God sacrificed him because he loves his children and he wants an eternal life of peace and rest for each of us. 

I do not know what you face today, or will face tomorrow. However, one thing that I do know is that there is still power in the blood of Christ. Through him we are all made new. He can help us in every situation in life if we just believe.

Remember that Brenda and I love you and that God loves and loved you through the death of Jesus. 

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Jeff and his wife Brenda have been married for 28 years and are part time missionaries in the nation of Mexico and in town of Matamoros, Mexico. They both attend Generation Changers church, in Nashville, Tennessee. Jeff is a licensed minister and pastoral counselor. He has spent the past several years of his life dedicated to ministering to and the counseling of those facing addiction. He also counsels and meets weekly with the families of those in addiction. His pursuits are to help set those struggling free with the love and message of Jesus Christ.

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