This passage includes one of St Paul’s great theological words – “reconciliation”. It is very important to St Paul to stress that, because of what God has done in Christ Jesus, we are reconciled with God. Notice in this passage that it is us who are reconciled to God. We were God’s “enemies”, until Christ died for us. It’s very important that we get this fundamental fact straight. It was not God who was reconciled to us. The death of Jesus was not a sacrifice to an angry God. God was not placated by the death of Jesus, rather Jesus acted to put us right with God. He acted on our behalf, as Paul says, through Jesus we now have access to God’s grace and we can have peace with God. Let us seek out that peace today.