We quickly walked through the story of Joseph. From Joseph being sold into slavery by his brother (Genesis 37) to Joseph rising up as a powerful leader and finally in Genesis 45:4-8 confronting and reconciling with his brothers. This reconciling that we see in Genesis is pointing to a much greater reconciliation that we see in Jesus.
Staying in Colossians for most of the lesson we looked at 3 main points:
Jesus reconciles all things,
Jesus reconciles us to God,
Jesus reconciles us to one another.
Looking at Colossians 1:15-20 we see Paul set up Jesus’ qualifications before then going into His accomplishments. We also looked at Romans 8:19-22 where Paul points out that all of creation is waiting for the new heaven and new earth.
Colossians 1:21-23 shows us the vertical nature of Jesus’ reconciliation. We are alienated, hostile, and doing evil deeds but Jesus on the cross suffered all the wrath that was do us for those evil deeds. Jesus reconciles us in order to present us blameless and above reprooach before God. Reconciled not because of works, or any good that we have done. Paul provides a great image of this contrast from alienated to blameless. Paul in 1 Timothy 1:13 labels himself before reconciliation through Christ as a blasphemer, persecutor, and opponent of God.
Like the 10 Commandments (4 commands in vertical nature between man and God and 6 between man and man) and the Greatest Commandment (love God, love others), reconciliation happens vertically and horizontally because of Christ. Colossians 1:24 – Colossians 2:3 the reconciliation we see between us and God should likewise flow between one another.
Where sin had consequences on nature, our relationship with God and our relationship with one another, Jesus’ reconciles all things, He reconciles us with God, and He reconciles us with one another.