There was a man who lived his life dissolutely. He wandered about in life with no morals, no purpose, no goodwill. He was a seaman and helped his life by selling servants for other people- female servants. With some unfortunate but justifiable turn of fate, this man was whipped severely by the British Navy as punishment and was reduced to being a slave himself of another sadistic slave who was a woman. But the good Lord did not forget him because he was about to make a song that will resound in the years to come.
We have been separated from God since the time Adam and Eve learned right from wrong. Our once peaceful and harmonious relationship with God was severed because we transgressed the law of the Lord.
Sin is the barrier that lies between God and us. It detached us from a pleasant relationship with Him. Because of sin, we became enemies of God. In fact, because of the depth of our sin we do not recognize this separation anymore. The sad thing is we are foes with God and we do not acknowledge it fully.
The good news is even if we are enemies with God; He is never far from closing any door of chance for us to return to Him. However, He is never delighted by our iniquities (Romans 1:18) and because of this, He made something so that we could move back to Him. In the greatest, most generous act, he made his love manifest to us by giving His one and only joy – Jesus Christ (John 3:16).
Christ came to earth to save us from condemnation (John 3:17) and give us a new life. However, there is something great behind what Jesus did. Aside from being the manifestation of God’s love to us, the death of Jesus took place so that we will be reconciled to God. Jesus completed our salvation.
Reconciliation is the harmonization of a detached relationship. Usually, when a relationship had a major blow, the tendency of the constituents of that relationship is to drift apart. Reconciliation is the act of getting together once again. For us, this process is hard but for God, reconciliation is all that was in His mind when He gave His only begotten Son.
We were reconciled with God through the Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 5:10) because we were his enemies (Colossians 1:21, Romans 8:7-8). This means that if we live in Christ, we will not be condemned anymore. He died for the remission of our sins. This is the greatest act ever done by God. Christ was the everyday joy of the Father but the Father loved the world and wanted the world to be saved even if it means giving His Son in the hands of the unrighteous.
God is a righteous God. He doesn’t want us to remain detached so He gave His only Son for us to be reconciled to Him (II Corinthians 5:18). His Son became the ransom, the payment for our sins (I Peter 1:18-19). Through His Son’s death, our sins are washed and the barrier is removed (John 1:29).
According to Romans 8:1, there is no more condemnation to those who are in the Lord. Because of this, anyone who accepts Christ as his or her Savior will be given salvation resulting to new hope, a new point of view and a new tomorrow – a life away from the viciousness of sin.
If we want to be brought back to the Lord, we have to repent and be baptized, only then can we be reconciled, for where sin abounds, the grace of God shall also.
John Newton was freed from the slave whom he had been made slave to. He was afterwards converted to Christianity and became one of the most popular preachers in Europe. On his desk mantle one can read the verse found in Deuteronomy 15:15 and from this verse he was able to make all his sermons.
He had been delivered and he was reconciled to God. And he made the very popular song that is still sung today, a song that touched and continues to touch the hearts of many.
“Amazing grace, how sweet the sound, that saved a wretched like me. I was once lost but now am found. I was blind but now I see. ”
Taken from The Word Issue 131