21 And although you were formerly alienated and hostile in mind, engaged in evil deeds, 22 yet He has now reconciled you in His fleshly body through death, in order to present you before Him holy and blameless and beyond reproach … (Colossians 1).
What made us “alienated” from God? Our attitudes (“hostile in mind”) and our actions (“engaged in evil deeds”). Those are always a bad combination, but they are both always present in the life of a sinner. Yet, it was for sinners that Jesus came (Matthew 18:11) and by sinners that He died—for no one ever faced such hostility of mind and evil deeds against them as Jesus did.
He took the worst from “alienated” sinners and “reconciled” them to the Father, so that He might “present [them] before Him holy and blameless and beyond reproach.” Now ponder this for just a moment: without question, this is the most drastic altering of circumstances that has ever been made. No, on second thought I take that back. Certainly, the most drastic altering of circumstances was in order to perform this one—and that was when “He who knew no sin became sin” on the cross (2 Corinthians 5:21).
Thank You, Lord, for turning our alienation into reconciliation. Help us This Day to live holy and blameless and beyond reproach in a world from which You have now made us alienated. Amen.