What would you do if you had the power to avenge every wrong against you? How would you handle that power? There is only One who is truly righteous and who has the authority to judge and condemn. Speaking of Jesus Christ, the Apostle Paul tells the Colossians;
Colossians 1:16-17 For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. 17 And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist.
We saw a couple of weeks ago, the absolute power and authority of Christ. Last week we saw the absolute rebellion of mankind. Again, the Apostle Paul spells it out;
Colossians 1:21 And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works,
Absolute Authority in contrast with men who alienate themselves and are hostile to God. That sounds like an equation with a horrific outcome. This is the situation between man and God. This is the place that man has put himself in relationship to his Creator. This has been our discussion for the past couple of weeks (see Colossians Pt.5 and Colossians Pt. 6 ) We need to reconcile these two polar opposites. Yet though we may possess the power to understand that the reconciliation needs to be made, we do not possess the power to make that reconciliation. We are the rebel. He is the Royal Sovereign whom we have behaved treacherously toward. He has the rights. We have the guilt of our offenses.
The most beautiful words in the book of Colossians are in verses 19 and 20;
Colossians 1:19-20 For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell, 20 and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross.
And so I ask again, What would you do if you had the power to avenge every wrong against you? How would you handle that power? God in His sovereign majesty does have that power. From where I sit, considering the great gulf between His infinite holiness and our absolute corruption, the most logical answer seems to be our utter annihilation. And yet we see the words in verse 19, “It pleased the Father…” He took pleasure in letting His Son become a man that He might make reconciliation.
God Himself (God the Son), the Possessor of Absolute Authority, came into the world that hated Him and rather than inflict judgment became the innocent Victim who received justice for the enemies and redeemed the rebels. If we understand this we should fall on our faces before Him and worship! Do you see how a proper assessment of God and ourselves magnifies the beauty of the Gospel? If sin is no big deal then neither is the Gospel. If God is not absolutely just and holy and man is not the treacherous villain, then the Gospel is a sick case of what the skeptics call “cosmic child abuse.”
On the other hand, when we consider what the Bible tells us about God and ourselves it becomes the ultimate act of love as the Son willingly submits Himself to receive the justice of God on our behalf. The great cost of reconciliation in what seemed to be an impossible situation was the pleasure of the Father to give. And yet it is the pleasure of most men to denounce, reject or ignore it. We are happy in our rebellion. We will not have God to rule over us. The rejection of that great love is even more wicked than the rejection of His authority as Creator.
The call today is to be reconciled to God; 2 Corinthians 5:20-21 Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God. 21 For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
“Amazing love, how can it be, that You my King would die for me?” That needs to be our response. Considering songs, I heard one on the radio for the first time this week from Barlow Girl that puts it into perspective;
Why, why are You still here with me
Didn’t You see what I’ve done?
In my shame I want to run and hide myself
But it’s here I see the truth
I don’t deserve You
But I need You to love me, and I
I won’t keep my heart from You this time
And I’ll stop this pretending that I can
Somehow deserve what I already have
I need You to love me
I, I have wasted so much time
Pushing You away from me
I just never saw how You could cherish me
‘Cause You’re a God who has all things
And still You want me
Your love makes me forget what I have been
Your love makes me see who I really am
Your love makes me forget what I have been
There is a lot more to this sermon. I encourage you to listen to the audio by clicking on the link below and to consider afresh, the amazing love of a God who is pleased to seek reconciliation rather than justice.