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A Season of Reconciliation 1. Reconciled with God
Richard Root
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A Season of Reconciliation 1. Reconciled with God Nov 29, 2020
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Richard Root 2Corinthians 5:18-19 Sunday Online
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Sermon -Sunday Online -2020/11/29 11am -Richard Root
-"A Season of Reconciliation 1. Reconciled with God" -2 Corinthians 5:18-19; Genesis 38:1-30

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1. Reconciled with God

November 29, 2020

• There is a moment in relationship when:
o Our thoughts turn from hostility to humility
o Our emotions turn from irritation to affection
o Our intention turns from wanting to inflict pain to wanting to connect.
That moment is propelled by spiritual force designed by God, and the word for it is reconciliation.
• The old prophets of Israel longed for reconciliation. They said that our world thirsted for
it so deeply that they would use great art and imagination to picture it. They said,
“It will look like this. The wolf will lie down with the lamb, and the leopard will lie down with the goat, and the calf and the lion and the yearling together. No violence. No pain. A little child, powerless, will lead them.” (Isaiah 11:6)
• Spiritually, personally, socially, and systemically, the crying need for our world is to be
reconciled. It’s at the heart of the Christmas story.
• Paul wrote to that little church in Corinth,
“...God reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ...” (2 Corinthians 5:18-19)

A Season of Reconciliation
• This Advent season at MCBC, we will become students of reconciliation.
Week 1: We’re going to learn what reconciliation looks like and what it takes to be reconciled with God.
Week 2: We’ll learn how you get reconciled with other people.
Week 3: We’ll talk about how we become agents of reconciliation, that unbelievable mission that has been given to the church.
Week 4: We’ll celebrate God’s indescribable gift at Christmas.

The Story of Tamar
• The story of Tamar is scandalous, strange and brutal. It also happens to be a Christmas Story. It’s a story of reconciliation. Tamar, the rejected Canaanite girl, gets to be a mother of Israel. She gets to be part of God’s great plan of salvation, part of the lineage of Jesus.
• The major character in the story of Tamar, the one you want to pay attention to, is God, and God cares about little Tamar, and God is committed to creating a redemptive, reconciling community.
• The story of Tamar and Judah is enfolded in the larger story of Joseph (Genesis 45:4-8).
This is the first recorded moment in history in which one human being forgives another.

The Genealogy of Jesus
• Tamar shows up in the Bible about 1,000 years later. The New Testament begins this way:
“This is the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah the son of David, the son of Abraham: Abraham was the father of Isaac, Isaac the father of Jacob, Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers, Judah the father of Perez and Zerah, whose mother was Tamar...” (Matthew 1:1-3)
• Early readers must have thought: She’s not one of us. She’s not an Israelite which means... Jesus isn’t, from an Israelite perspective, a pure-blooded “our” guy. He’s partly “their” guy.
• And Tamar is not the only woman in the genealogy. Matthew also includes:
o A woman named Ruth who was not an Israelite. She was a foreigner, a Moabite.
o A woman named Bathsheba whom King David inflicted himself on in adultery.
o A woman named Rahab who is not just a Gentile, but a Gentile prostitute.
• Why would the gospels do this? Because, with the birth of Jesus the time has come to proclaim the gospel:
Everybody is welcome. Nobody is perfect. Anything is possible.
• God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. Outsiders aren’t left outside anymore. Sinners and saints get all jumbled up, and grace starts flowing so heavily that Judah and Tamar are brought together again in the story of Jesus’ birth.
• There is a message in there for you and me in our world. If God can reconcile Israelite and Canaanite, Judah and Tamar, saints and sinners, prostitutes and patriarchs, and oppressors with the oppressed, who lies beyond the reconciling power of this Jesus?
• The world is a mess, but God loves the world, and he has a message. The unwanted are wanted by God, and the unchosen are chosen by God, and the unblessed are blessed by God. So, this Advent season, you can say, “Yes,” to the ministry of reconciliation.

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