“As Christ’s Ambassadors, Let Him Make His Appeal Through Us 作為基督的使者，讓祂借著我們勸告世人“（2 Corinthians哥林多後書5:18-21）
All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 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. 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. God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
This work of a new creation and our eternal destiny are works of God, not something we have to earn and achieve. It is we who are the party in the wrong and must be reconciled to God, not He to us. God demands not one bit less justice and righteousness from mankind but the demand has been satisfied through Jesus Christ. He never became a sinner but He did become sin for us out of a righteous act of love, not an act of sin. On the cross, the Father treated Him as if He were a sinner, yet all the while, sin was ‘outside’ of Him not ‘inside’ Him and it was not a part of His nature (as it is with us). It is a tremendous exchange prompted by God’s love for us that Lord Jesus took our sin but gave us His righteousness! Having reconciled us to Himself through Christ, now God expects us to take up the ministry of reconciliation and has therefore committed to us the word of reconciliation.
Prayer: Merciful Father, many of us might find hard/reluctant to comprehend all the terrors of the cross especially Lord Jesus’ physical and spiritual sufferings where He became, as it were, your enemy who was judged and forced to drink the cup of your fury so that we would not have to drink that cup from which we often deem we could escape. Thank you for reminding us that with little or no appreciation of respective costly prices for our sins and Christ’s redemption, becoming His ambassadors remains a challenging mission from which we would run away. May Christ’s love and resurrecting power as well as the counselling of the Holy Spirit empower us to take courage in being of use to you. Amen.