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Lenten Devotions from Fourth Presbyterian Church

Friday, December 28, 2018

Today’s Scripture Reading | 2 Corinthians 5:17–21

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. So we are ambassadors for Christ, since God is making his appeal through us; we entreat you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

This scripture is all about reconciliation—restoring a good relationship with God. With Christ as our Savior, we become a new creation; a new life begins to form within us. Like the scripture states, “Everything old has passed away, everything has become new.” As we know, this is a process. It takes time, but know that God is working in us. God is taking what is broken in us and mending it for his glory!

Jesus, who knew no sin, took the world of sin upon himself when he died upon the cross. “But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation” (Colossians 1:22).

Therefore, we are called to be ambassadors of Christ. We should share the good news of Christ where ever we go—in our communities, our workplaces, and our churches.

Our Creator, thank you for restoring my right relationship with you. Let people see your light in me as I proclaim your good news to them. Hallelujah. Amen.

Written by Arlene Raine, Member of Fourth Presbyterian Church

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