Last Monday, we began a short series on conflict and today and I want to point you to the reality of the Gospel. In his book The Gospel for Real Life, Jerry Bridges speaks of reconciliation like this:
When Jesus satisfied the justice of God and propitiated the wrath of God, He did all that was required to remove the enmity of God toward us. By His death He bridged the vast gulf of divine alienation between us and objectively restored us to a position of friendship and favor with God. But again we must keep in mind that it was God, the offended party, who sent His Son to reconcile us to Himself. As Paul wrote in Romans 5:10, “When we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son.”
As we are mindful in conflict of the Gospel, we can press on through any difficulty with the example of our Lord.