Through the Cross
The Upward Look
by Max D. Hutto,
“He did this so that He might reconcile both to God in one body through the cross and put the hostility to death by it.” Ephesians 2:16 HCSB
True reconciliation that ends the hostility between rival groups of people can only happen when both are reconciled to God, and that reconciliation only comes in Christ through the cross. In the cross each person acknowledges that his sin debt is only paid through Jesus’ death. In the cross each person recognizes his unworthiness and humbly accepts the grace of God that forgives and cleanses all sin. In the cross barrier walls are broken down, and there is reconciliation with God and also with other believers in Christ.
Lord Jesus, in the cross You put to death the hostility caused by my sin. In You I now have been reconciled and have peace with God and other believers.
August 27, 2021 - © Copyright 2021, Max D. Hutto.
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