The hero stands and surveys the majestic scene. His ears catch the music of one anthem after another as the London Philharmonic Orchestra plays in honor of each nation represented. His eyes scan the dignitaries of 140 different nations as they mingle--Zambians, Koreans, Brazilians, Turks, Ukranians, Indians, Filipinos, Costa Ricans, French, Nigerians, Chinese. . .
Spectacular and exotic gifts from all over the planet fill a tent the size of a football field. Countless friends have traveled the globe to be here. Bulbs incessantly flash. Microphones and wires seem as numerous as the branches of the stately olive tree centered in the pavilion. At the sound of triumphant trumpets all heads turn to the man. Jesus walks down the red carpet to receive the newly minted World-Medallion of Honor. Heaven's 2000 year-old ambassador to earth walks to the center of the platform, and before the hanging microphones says . . .
NO!!! God did not plan it this way. Jesus did not establish residency on earth for a 2000-year stint as heaven's ambassador. His Father brought His death-conquering, sin-quenching, cross-carrying, champion Son home to heaven.
2 Corinthians 5:17-20--Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away, and look, new things have come. Everything is from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: That is, in Christ, God was reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed the message of reconciliation to us. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, certain that God is appealing through us. We plead on Christ’s behalf, “Be reconciled to God.”
You, that's right—you, received the royal nod from God to be His ambassador. Now get going. There is a world out there waiting to hear God's appeal that your lips were meant to share. You, along with all of Jesus' disciples, represent God. What greater honor could one have than to be His spokesperson!
God's ministry of reconciling sinful people to Himself through Jesus is to be continued by His followers. The primary responsibility of the ambassador is to carry out the president's foreign policy. When ambassadors become more concerned with how they are treated by those they live among than in carrying out the president's policy whose authority is promulgated?—Oswald Chambers in My Utmost For His Highest
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Ecclesiastes 12:10-The Teacher sought to find delightful sayings and to accurately write words of truth. (Holman CSB)