Paul uses beautiful imagery to describe God’s delight in God’s reconciliation with God’s people. In contrast to the estrangement and hostility of the separation caused by human sin, God is pleased to dwell in Christ and to be reconciled with humanity. How vividly we can feel the angst of separation and the peace of reconciliation!
There have been many times in my own life when I found myself estranged from people I loved. Some due to my own failings; some due to the failings of others. (But mostly a combination of both.) I have found that it doesn’t really matter “who started it.” If I wait until the other approaches me, I might wait forever. For as difficult as it can be to begin the process of reconciliation, the journey itself is a wonderful blend of awkward, exciting, tentative, vulnerable, and joyful. In some of my situations reconciliation came to a peaceful resolution. In others, the journey is long, and while we might never come to fullness of reconciliation, the process itself is worth the effort. Thankfully for us, in the separation between us and God, God did not wait around for us to begin the process. God sought reconciliation continually and never gave up on us. Never will. Thank you, God, for your delight in our reconciliation!
He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation; for in him all things in heaven and on earth were created, things visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or powers—all things have been created through him and for him. He himself is before all things, and in him all things hold together. He is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that he might come to have first place in everything. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him God was pleased to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, by making peace through the blood of his cross. And you who were once estranged and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, he has now reconciled in his fleshly body through death, so as to present you holy and blameless and irreproachable before him— provided that you continue securely established and steadfast in the faith, without shifting from the hope promised by the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven. I, Paul, became a servant of this gospel.