Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God – 2Corinthians 5:20
With Christmas over we can sometimes feel the focus on Jesus Christ has ended, like the decorations and presents we can put Christ away, hidden until the next big event to remember. . However we as the Church are Christ’ ambassadors, the proclaimers of grace and reconciliation in Christ from the rightful wrath of God against our sin.
We know what God has done in Christ for us, so we must therefore as people who have been saved by the radical, heart transforming power of the gospel, unrelentingly keep on the boiler; keep on the gas peddle & spread the good news of Jesus Christ.
Every minute, every hour and every day is time that can be used for the kingdom and expansion of the gospel (good news) of Jesus Christ to family, friends, co-workers and those around us. He has given us as a gift grace, redemption, freedom, peace, hope, security, adoption IN Him; rather than, fear, alienation, separation, hopelessness, wrath, outside Him. His perfect life under the law, death and shower of blood on the cross; and cry of “It is finished” has secured the gracious freedom papers of citizenship of another…. you
You see when we understand the bitterness of sin and freedom of grace in Christ it transforms your thinking, transforms your urgency for others to know this saviour. Not just at Christmas, but the other 364 days! This is the best gift anyone could receive.
In Colossians 1:15-23 Paul reminds the Colossian Church who this Jesus Christ is and why He is everything, do you know why He is your everything and all you need?!
15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.16For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him.17And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.18And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent.19For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell,20and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.21 And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds,22he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him,23if indeed you continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which I, Paul, became a minister.
If He is all we need then He is all anyone else needs to be saved. Romans 1:16 says
16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes..
So as a new year approaches and another Christmas passes behind us, lets be the daily ambassadors, daily proclaimers of the excellencies, fame, glory and renown of the one and only Lord and supreme saviour Jesus Christ that has saved us from Himself and our sin, for Himself and for His glory.
As Charles Spurgeon once said in closing for his sermon on 2 Corinthians 5
He saith, with a Tone most still and sweet. “To-day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts.” Believe and live! Quit the arch-enemy who has held thee in his grip. Escape for thy life, look not behind thee, stay not in all the plain, but flee where thou seest the open door of the great Father’s house. At the gate the bleeding Saviour is waiting to receive thee, and to say, “I was made sin for thee, and thou art made the righteousness of God in me.” Father, draw them! Father, draw them! Eternal Spirit, draw them, for Jesus Christ thy Son’s sake! Amen.