I’ve been pondering 2 Corinthians 5:11-21 concept of reconciliation in a whole new way.
Nineteen days ago our third grandson arrived. He was six weeks early, and four ounces shy of four pounds. You could say he sinned – since the word sin means to miss the mark. And miss the mark he did! Does that mean he is a moral outcast? NO! It means he needs a lot of help getting to where he needs to be.
A lot has changed in neonatal intensive care since my own little guy was born. One added feature, unheard of 36 years ago, is a 24/7 video feed of the tiny patient. I login numerous times throughout the day (and night), and watch helplessly, while marveling at his victories and crying at his setbacks, knowing how powerless I am in his struggle to live.
Fight Little Fighter! Fight!
6,000 years ago (give or take a century or two), something similar happened on a cosmic scale. Humanity’s spiritual umbilical chord was severed. We missed the mark. We sinned; causing us to struggle in an existence of separation from the Source of Life. The isolation humanity experienced wasn’t beneficial. Humans found themselves existing in an environment that was physically adequate but spiritually dead. And, like my little grandson, who needs help to do what he cannot do for himself, humanity’s greatest efforts are powerless to change the circumstances of our existence.
That NICU camera occasionally shows skilled, able, compassionate hands doing what they know to do so he can do what only he can and must.
Humanity needed a flesh and blood: skilled, able, and compassionate Savior to do for us what we were powerless to do for ourselves. Jesus reconnected mankind to the Source of Life: Our Father, the God of Love. He ushered in an atmosphere so foreign to what we were accustomed to that here we are 2,000 years later still trying to convince ourselves and others that love, joy, peace, mercy, compassion, kindness, gentleness, patience and goodness is – in fact – the stuff we are made of. The stuff we can thrive in. The stuff we can give away knowing we are connected to The Unlimited Supplier. He’s done what we could not so we can do what only we can and must.