For many families ours included part of Christmas is to listen to or watch the Queen’s Christmas broadcast on Christmas day. Having made her first broadcast in 1952 Her Majesty has been addressing the people in this form for over sixty years.
This year the Queen had much to say on the subject of reconciliation and introduced this theme by speaking of the sculpture in the ruins of the old Coventry Cathedral simply called Reconciliation.
In the Bible we see that reconciliation is an important aspect of the Christian gospel. In Matthew’s gospel which is often referred to as the gospel of the King, Matthew fills three chapters with details of Christ’s teachings on the Sermon on the Mount.
In this mandate for His Kingdom, Jesus mentions the subject of reconciliation. The example given is that if someone was at variance with his brother, reconciliation should take place before worship was engaged in. Matthew Chapter 5 verses 23-24.
The Bible also teaches the deeper need of man to be reconciled to God. As in all other aspects of the gospel we observe that God is proactive and offers reconciliation by reaching out to men in grace and love.
In the sculpture in Coventry Cathedral the man and woman are depicted reaching out to each other in a mutual action.
In the Bible it is recorded that God reaches out to men in the person of His Son Jesus Christ. Having just remembered His coming into the world as the babe of Bethlehem the Bible makes it clear that Christ came to die.
As a result of His sacrificial death at Calvary the foundation has been established by which men can be reconciled to God.
The apostle Paul reminds his readers “If while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of His Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by His life. More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation” Romans Chapter 5 verses 10&11.
God’s message for man is 2015 is “Be reconciled to God” 2 Corinthians Chapter 5 verse 20.