Reconciliation

Reading: Matthew 28

17 When they saw him, they worshipped him; but some doubted. 18 Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.’

“Remember, I am with you" . . . that is the Easter message, not the distant, but the near God, that is Easter.

Sermon in Barcelona, 15 April 1928

Thought

Those who look at Jesus Christ in actuality see God and the world in one. From now on, they can no longer see God without seeing the world, nor the human without seeing God.

In him the reconciliation of the world with God took place. The world is conquered not through smashing it but through reconciliation. Not ideals, programmes, not conscience, duty, responsibility, virtue, but the perfect love of God all alone can meet reality and overcome it. It is not a general idea of love, but the love of God really lived in Jesus Christ, that accomplishes that. This love of God for the world does not withdraw from reality back into noble souls transported away from the world but rather experiences and suffers the reality of the world in the severest way. The world amuses itself with the body of Jesus Christ, but the martyred One forgives the world its sin. This is how reconciliation takes place.