All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ. 2 Corinthians 5:18
What a package of explosive potential lay in the manger. He was the little Lamb and the little Shepherd, each one offering life altering implications for those who needed a Lamb slain for their sin and for those who were lost and needed a shepherd to show them the way home.
Baby Jesus could do far more than that though. He was also the little Reconciler who had the power to bring together two enemies and make them, not only compatible but, intimate. Reconciliation rarely has such stunning outcomes. It is one thing to bring together two parties who are at odds over an issue. It is quite another thing to cause two people, far apart in every way, to eagerly join hands and become one in their thinking and feeling.
Oh, how deep was the fracture in the Garden of Eden. God had made man perfectly. It was he who wanted more, who bought the Serpent’s lie, and then opened his mind to evil. It was a world he was not created to understand nor be compatible with. Yet, evil corrupted him and he began to choose everything that God wouldn’t choose and to think all things God wouldn’t think. Alienation ensued and the two were separated by a great gulf. Holiness could not reconcile with sinfulness without a miracle. God’s answer? Send a Reconciler who could also be the Lamb to forgive sin and restore the sinner to what he once was ~ holy before God. That would be the game changer. The perfected nature would not want to sin and would indeed hate sin. His mind would be washed completely of defilement to think and feel like the indwelling Spirit who inhabited him again.
The baby didn’t automatically reconcile enemies at His birth. God’s timetable moves slowly. It took thousands of years for God to send this Lamb. It would take thirty-three years more for the Lamb to die for the sins that separated creation from His Father. But how necessary the three decades were. The only way for people to trust the Lamb and forsake their sin would be to know Him. They would watch Him live and hear Him speak. They would experience God’s love, grace, and mercy through direct interaction. His Light would woo the sinner and warm up their icy relationship. Light would either draw men to His Father or repel them. Not all would come to hate their sin and mourn their estrangement. Most would not, in fact.
Ah, but for the ones who did, for them it would be different. The great gulf that separated them from their Creator would break their heart. They would own their sin that caused the breach and trust the Lamb to bring them to the foot of His cross. His blood would wash them clean and present them faultless to His Father. Complete compatibility. Impeccable restoration. Perfect reconciliation.
If there is tension in our relationship, it can be fixed now. Thank you, Jesus. Amen