God has broken into this world in an astounding story of divinity and humanity that boggles the brain even as it transforms the heart…
In the words of the late Samuel Hines, “God has a one-term agenda, listed in one expressive and inclusive word: reconciliation.” It is a bold statement. It suggests that God’s intention, purpose, and desire for the world can be captured in this one word.
Reconciliation implies that a relationship has suffered damage. It indicates division exists where there was once harmony. Such division marks all humanity. Through sin and disobedience, we have separated ourselves from God and from one another…
In Christ, through Christ, and with Christ that “dividing wall of hostility” [Ephesians 2:14] has been torn down. According to Charles Wesley, reconciliation is… the message of Christmas:
peace on earth, and mercy mild,
God and sinners reconciled!”
— Kevin Baker in Hail the Heaven Born