17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.[a] The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. 18 All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; 19 that is, in Christ God was reconciling[b] the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. 20 Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. 21 For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. 2 Corinthians 5
Jesus Christ Makes Enemies of the Past His Ambassadors
Around 100 people from more than 10 nations gathered on December 23 to celebrate Christmas and hear about Christ’s miraculous work in the lives of Dr. Elie Hasbani and Pastor Hesham Shehab. Elie and Hesham were sworn enemies in the Lebanese Civil war that devastated that country in the 1970s and 1980s. While Elie was a soldier in a Christian militia, Hesham was a sniper in the military wing of the Muslim Brotherhood. God called both men to faith in Jesus Christ and they became His ambassadors to the nations, spreading Jesus message of forgiveness and peace and planting churches.