If Christ came to reconcile the world to God, then there must be a state of separation, alienation, estrangement. One would not speak of reconciling two loyal and trusting friends; one would not speak of reconciling two casual acquaintances; one would not speak of reconciling a man in San Francisco and a man in New York who had never seen one another. But one does speak of reconciling a father and son who have become estranged, a mother and daughter who have become alienated, a husband and wife who have become separated. Reconciliation can take place only between parties who have a close relationship one with another, and that is true of man in his relationship to God. Man ever has to do with God. No sinning, no wandering, no rebellion can break the eternal tie of his relationship with God; fallen, stained, and rebellious though he may be, he is by creation a member of God's family. This, then, is the condition which exists between God and man. As Isaiah expresses it (59:2), "Your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you."
One of the greatest and most beautiful things man can do is to reconcile, and make friends, those who are enemies. Both Martin Luther and John Bunyan brought their great lives to a close in an attempt to reconcile men: Luther, two brothers; Bunyan, a father and a son. Likewise, if we may say it, the greatest and the most beautiful act of God is his working out a plan of reconciliation of man with God by the precious blood of Christ.
Years ago in a Western city a husband and wife became estranged, and finally separated. They left the city and resided in different parts of the country. The husband one day chanced to return to this city on a matter of business. He went out to the cemetery to the grave of their only son. He was standing by the grave in fond reminiscence when he heard a step behind him. Turning, he saw his estranged wife. The first inclination of both was to turn away. But they had a common, binding interest in that grave; and instead of turning away they clasped hands over that grave of their son, and were reconciled one to another. It took nothing less than death to reconcile them! It takes nothing less than death, the precious blood of Christ, to reconcile man to God. The pronouncement, the proclamation, of that is the gospel message. We have, the great proclaimer of it said, "the message of his reconciliation." (II Cor. 5:19—Moffatt.)
A noted minister of a former generation bore testimony that his whole life was deeply influenced and impressed by a word spoken to him by an aged Christian woman. It was this: "Be ye aye in wi' God, Duncan, for He's aye right."
Yes, God is always right. Are you right with God?
"Yes, I quarreled with my wife about nothing."
"Why don't you make up?"
"I'm going to. All I'm worried about now is the indemnity."