- When were the first Olympic games? 776 years Before Christ.
- When was Socrates born? 469 years Before Christ was born.
- When was Julius Caesar assassinated? 44 years Before Christ.
- When did Columbus sail the ocean blue? In 1492 A.D. (Anno Domini = “in the year of our Lord”).
You get the idea. But why do we describe events in that way? Because, historically, the coming of Christ is that significant. It literally divided time in half. The cross is the crux — the decisive, pivotal point — of all humanity.
In Colossians 1, the cross is represented by 2 tiny words. They are small grammatically, but HUGE eternally. They are: yet now. Here’s how it plays out…
And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, YET NOW He has reconciled in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight (Colossians 1:21-22)
In our B.C. years, we were defined by words like “alienated” and “enemies.”
YET NOW everything changes when Jesus steps in!
Jesus repurposes and redefines our lives by some new words: “holy,” “blameless,” and “above reproach.”
That sounds cool, but honestly, it’s a little hard to believe that we are holy, blameless and above reproach. We know ourselves. We know our weaknesses. We know our sin and our struggles. When we hear words like that, our immediate reaction is to put on the lenses of failure and regret. “But my marriage… But my finances… But my kids… But my sin… But my failure… But my regret…” We immediately rule out God’s point of view on our lives because of what we see in us.
YOU’RE WEARING THE WRONG LENSES!
It doesn’t say that we are holy, blameless and above reproach in our sight. It says in HIS sight. That’s a big, very important difference. Through Jesus, when God looks at us, He doesn’t see our sin, He sees His Son!
ALL OF THAT TO SAY THIS…
If God sees us as holy, blameless, and above reproach in His sight, that’s how we should learn to see ourselves. We need to take off the lenses of failure & regret and see ourselves through the lenses of the cross of Jesus Christ. His entrance into humanity and death on our behalf is our only hope, and it changes everything about us.
Not only should the lenses of the cross help us to look at ourselves differently, they should help us to live differently – aiming to live up to the way God sees us.
One other thing…
If God sees us through the grace of Jesus, and we should view ourselves that way, we should also work hard to look at others through God’s lenses as well. Regardless of how far you or that other person is from God, He believed that we were worth the death of His own Son.
Strap on some grace goggles today and look at yourself and others how God looks at us!