It Would Take a Miracle of God
2 Corinthians 5:16-21
Read 2 Corinthians 5:16-21
No matter how hard I try, I cannot become a professional baseball player. Yep.. I just said it and yep, it’s true. I love to watch baseball and even play sometimes, but the likelihood of me being drafted by the Atlanta Braves is slim to none. I don’t throw well, I can’t hit a 40mph fastball, much less a 100mph fastball, and I surely can’t run!!! I could train and practice all day, every day, but at my age there is no way that I would make it in major league baseball without a miracle of God.
In reading 2 Corinthians 5:16-21, I’m reminded of how I, you, nor anyone can become reconciled to God without a miracle. Yep, I said it and yep, it’s true. I love to read the Bible and even go to church sometimes, but the likelihood of me working myself into being reconciled to God is slim to none. I’ve served those in need, I’ve given money to missions, I’ve even fed the homeless on the streets, but none of my good things can get me even close to Holy God.
Read 2 Corinthians 5:18-19 one more time…
“All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation.”
Indeed, it would take a miracle of God for me to make it in the major leagues, but the miracle that I need to reconcile me to God is provided through His only Son, Jesus. Jesus, though pure and holy Himself, took on our sinfulness on the cross and did for us what we could never do for ourselves. Being reconciled to God through the sacrifice of Jesus helps us understand Romans 8:31 more clearly as Paul wrote, “If God is for us, who can be against us?” God, in His greatness and splendor is for you and me and Jesus Himself calls us His friends (John 15:15). Our sin no longer separates us from the holiness of God because Jesus bridged the gap of separation and made us part of the family.
We can SING praise to God, BEHOLD His greatness, and DWELL in His presence because of the gift of Jesus Christ, the perfect miracle of God. So, the next time you’re in worship at Lakeview and we sing the words below, consider the holiness of God, the sinfulness of man, and the sacrifice of Jesus. I promise that you’ll overflow with “praise to the KING OF KINGS!”
“To reveal the kingdom coming
And to reconcile the lost;
To redeem the whole creation,
You did not despise the cross.
For even in Your suffering
You saw to the other side
Knowing this was our salvation,
Jesus, for our sake You died.
Praise the Father,
Praise the Son,
Praise the Spirit, three in one.
God of glory,
Praise forever to the King of Kings.”
King of Kings – Songwriters: Jason Ingram / Brooke Ligertwood / Scott Ligertwood