Celebrating Easter Reconciliation: Alive and One in Christ
As we celebrate Easter and Christ's empty tomb, we recognize that Calvary changes everything! Through Christ's victory over death we not only receive forgiveness for sin, but if that were not enough, integral to the good news of the cross we also receive peace with God and also with one another.
Those who are far away are brought closer to God, and at the same time we are also brought closer to one another! Once we were estranged, not only from God, but also from each other, (Jews and Greeks, slaves and free, women and men). But through Christ we receive unity, mutuality, and reconciliation. In fact, Paul tells us in Ephesians 2 that as part of our spiritual rebirth, we are inducted into that new race, that new body of believers with Christ as our head.
His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity