16 So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! 18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19 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. 20 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. 21 God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. 2 Corinthians 5:16-21
God through Christ provided the model for us to be reconciled to others. But why?
Why bother? He knew who we were and what we do and what we’ve done? Why did He go to such great lengths to reconcile us to Himself? And sacrificing the Second Person of the Trinity was an enormous deal! So why?
The answer I keep coming back to is that it was in God’s character to do it. He was compelled to do it, as odd as that sounds. If I think about it too much, it’s overwhelming because of the absurdity of it all. Absurdity, that is, from our very limited thinking.
Praise God that without this reconciliation we’d still be dead in our trespasses and sins.