God Sent Himself to the Cross

“For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood shed on the cross.”

(Colossians 1:19–20)

I’ve been mulling this verse around my head for a few days now.  Every Tuesday morning I get together with two other youth pastors, and we’ve been going through the book of Colossians lately.  These two verses really summarize the entire Gospel so beautifully and concisely!

God the Father was pleased to send God the Son to become a man in Jesus Christ in order that “all things” might be reconciled to God the Father through Jesus’ death on the cross.  This is some serious theology!  God was not bitter or angry about sending Jesus Christ to the cross, “he was pleased” to do it!

It’s so important to always remember that Jesus Christ IS God.  The Trinity is so crucial to always have in mind: God the Father + God the Son + God the Holy Spirit = One God.  They’re not all 1/3 God… they’re all distinctly different Persons, yet so tied to each other that they constitute one God.  So when the Apostle Paul writes that “God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things…by making peace through his blood shed on the cross” we need to remember that God was so pleased to reconcile all things to Himself that He sent Himself to the cross to do it!

How often I take this for granted!  Jesus Christ was/is fully God and fully man, and died in my place on the cross so that I could be forgiven and put back into a right relationship with God (reconciled).  I take the cross for granted so often!  May I always remember the wonder of the cross!

Here’s a video for Vicky Beeching’s song “The Wonder of the Cross.”  It’s an amazing and heartfelt song, I’d really encourage you to watch and listen:

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