“From now on, therefore, we regard no one from a human point of view; even though we once knew Christ from a human point of view, we know him no longer in that way.
So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new. All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting the message of reconciliation to us (2 Corinthians 5:16-19).”
The Apostle Paul boldly proclaimed that what we remember and celebrate during Lent changed everything. Lent, of course, is this season in which we are contemplating the movement of Jesus toward the cross. We are aware that each day in this phase of his ministry, our Lord was moving closer and closer to suffering and humiliation. The cross of Jesus is, as we have seen, the ultimate clue that God’s ways are not our ways, that God’s thoughts are not our thoughts. God has centrally disclosed himself not as the military conqueror, but as the suffering servant. Behold what manner of love the father has given to us!
In 2 Corinthians, Paul stressed two radical gifts that have taken place as a result of the cross: Renewal and Reconciliation. Renewal: Through the cross of Jesus, we are a new (renewed) creation. Old things have passed away. We are now on a journey at the end of which is utter and beautiful newness! Reconciliation: We are reconciled to God, once and for all. We once were clothed with enmity and shame, but no more.
Hold these two beautiful words before your heart this week: renewal and reconciliation. Repeat these affirmations throughout your day: I am a new creation! I am reconciled to God!