For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility by abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace, and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby killing the hostility. Ephesians 2:14-16
Jews and Gentiles did not think much of one another. Paul actually calls there relationship one of hostility (I think he is speaking both of the hostility that exists between man and God because of sin and between Jew and Gentile because of sin). Christ makes peace in both cases through his blood!
Know what brings people together?….a common enemy or a common friend. It sounds strange to talk of God as an enemy…but apart from Christ that is what he is. He is not an enemy by his doing, but by ours. We rebelled against him…we made ourselves his enemies. But through his blood he reconciled us.
That term, reconciled, means to take two parties who are faced in opposite directions and turn them towards one another. Now we can understand why God is turned…because of our sin and rebellion! But the cross turns him…he is reconciled. What makes no sense is that we also need to be turned. In our sin we also must be turned towards our loving, redeeming God. And he does all of the turning.
So the One who had been our common enemy, is now our common Friend. And as he turns us to himself, breaking the wall of hostility between God and man, he also destroys the hostility between man and man. So the question I have to ask is, “If God has destroyed that wall, why do I insist on building it back up day by day?”
God help me to love my brothers and sisters like You do!