Day 2 Colossians 1:15-23
Colossians 1:19-20 declares, “For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.” There are three words that are especially intriguing in these verses. The first is the word all in verse 19. It pleased the Father that all the fullness should dwell in Jesus. Jesus would be complete in every respect as both man and God. As man, He did not have a godless void needing to be filled because He is God, one with the Father and the Holy Spirit. He had no barrier of sin or remnants of guilt over past sin to trip Him up because He has never sinned. He was the complete man, knowing who He was and what He was meant to be and do.
The second intriguing word hinges on the first. It is the conjunction and. In its context, it means thus or and so. This explains and connects verses 19 and 20 so well. Because Jesus is the complete God-man, He alone could reconcile us to God. Only He could bridge the gap that mankind created and grew over the millenniums. Jesus is the only one who fully comprehends both sides and can bring us together again by paying the ultimate sacrifice, cutting Himself off from both God and mankind and receiving the just penalty we deserve.
But there is still another intriguing word in this passage. It is the second all. Jesus did this to reconcile all things to Himself – Himself being more than Jesus alone, but also God the Father and the Holy Spirit. He didn’t just reconcile man to God. He reconciled all things, including all circumstances that can separate us. Nothing can stand in the way anymore unless we let it.
There is the key. What have we let remain between us and God? Jesus reconciled all things. He removed all barriers between us, but what have we put back? We know we can be closer to God. We know we are not perfect because of stupid choices we still make. So, what are we to do?
Where Jesus has already reconciled, we must still repent. To receive the gift that Jesus has already prepared, we must confess the wrongs that we have done and repent of our selfish ways. When we sincerely call upon the Lord and humble ourselves before Him, Jesus is ready to open our eyes and ears to the relationship He has opened to us.
Lord, we want you to continually show us what we need to release, repent of or return to so that we can fully know You and Your reconciling power today. We are sorry for the sins we have committed that have separated us from you. Open our eyes to see barriers we have reconstructed. Open our ears so we may hear your voice, guiding us in new ways everlasting. Lead us forward, Lord, in the way You desire for us. Amen.