Why Jesus?: The Mirror Changed

“But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation.” (Colossians 1:22)

Remember the ugly mirror from yesterday? It showed us exactly how we looked without Christ – rebellious, alienated, evil enemies of God. We were against him, and the self-made ugliness broadcast itself from our reflection.

trees_350But then God took action. He did the only thing that could be done to bring us back into a loving, meaningful, growing relationship with him. He mysteriously and bafflingly allowed his Son, the all-powerful God in a physical human body, to die for our ugly choices – and God allowed for all of Christ’s goodness to be counted as our own. How could that happen?

I don’t know, but the image in our mirrors transformed on the day we believed. We’ve been reconciled and changed from enemies to sons, from ugly to beautiful, from sin-ravaged to “holy in his sight.” The glass no longer screams out the shame of the sins keeping us from the Father; now it glows with the flawless complexion of newborn creatures. The old has gone; the new has come.

Think: Have you noticed this transformation happening in your life? Is it ever hard to believe that God sees you through the perfect righteousness of Jesus because of your faith in him? What helps you to believe it?

Pray: Ask God to help you to become more and more convinced that Jesus’ goodness is far more powerful than your sin, that your faith in him is all that is necessary to make you acceptable to the Father.

Do: Think about this transformation for a minute the next time you look in a mirror.