Did the rest of the world notice…
He died for everyone so that those who receive his new life will no longer live to please themselves. Instead, they will live to please Christ, who died and was raised for them.
So we have stopped evaluating others by what the world thinks about them. Once I mistakenly thought of Christ that way, as though he were merely a human being. How differently I think about him now! What this means is that those who become Christians become new persons. They are not the same anymore, for the old life is gone. A new life has begun!
All this newness of life is from God, who brought us back to himself through what Christ did. And God has given us the task of reconciling people to him. For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. This is the wonderful message he has given us to tell others. We are Christ’s ambassadors, and God is using us to speak to you. We urge you, as though Christ himself were here pleading with you, “Be reconciled to God!” For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ. 2 Corithians 5:15-21
What a powerful piece of scripture! I used it in our Corps Cadet lesson Sunday, for the obvious part of being made new in Christ. But, as I was looking over the passage over and over again, I found something new to contemplate. This passage refers to this aspect of God reconciling the world to himself through Christ’s death. My thoughts have been drawn to all those people that were in the world, living and going about their daily business, when the very act of Christ dying for our sins occurred…
Did they even notice what was happening?
This life-altering, world-wide transition from old to new….from rags to glorious heavenly riches. There is recorded evidence about what happened at the moment of His death: “darkness came over the whole land” and “The earth shook and the rocks split. The tombs broke open and the bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life.” Wouldn’t you notice something like that?!?
We don’t know how far out from the actual site of the Crucifixion these things happened, but I just wonder about all of those people who had no clue miles and miles away, the Savior of mankind had just given His life for them.
So think about them then…and think of people now. No, we do not have the privilege of being a part of history when Christ walked the earth, but we do have evidence of the miraculous. The Word tells us we are to be reconciled to Him and to bring others to Reconciliation…even (and especially) those who have no clue the Savior of mankind gave His life for them. It’s astounding to think, even with media play on every street corner and the Internet, there are still people who have NEVER heard the name of Jesus.
We are Christ’s ambassadors…it is our burden, our business, our calling to make sure everyone knows Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.
Disclaimer: It’s a lot easier to look at the “lost” as a whole group because than it doesn’t make us seem so obligated to the one sitting next to us whom doesn’t know Christ…it makes us feel like we need to go out…away…”unto all the world”. We need…I need to be making sure I live out Christ and talk out Christ to every person I know. (This could just be for me. If so, disregard)
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from the Jesus Movement time the refrain comes to mind..”they will know we are Christians by our love”. to paraphrase a greater mind than mine….”tell others of Christ and if you have to use words”.