Ephesians 2:13 – 16
But now in Christ Jesus you who formerly were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. 14 For He Himself is our peace, who made both groups into one, and broke down the barrier of the dividing wall, 15 by abolishing in His flesh the enmity, which is the Law of commandments contained in ordinances, that in Himself He might make the two into one new man, thus establishing peace, 16 and might reconcile them both in one body to God through the cross, by it having put to death the enmity. [NIV]
Before Herod’s Temple in Jerusalem was destroyed, there was a middle wall separating Gentiles from the main temple. There was this notice written on the wall: “No foreigner may enter within the barricade which surrounds the sanctuary and enclosure. Anyone who is caught doing so will have himself to blame for his ensuing death.”
This wall may also remind us of other walls in history like the Berlin wall that used to separate West Germany from East Germany. We may also think of the invisible wall that divides North Korea from South Korea. Time and space does not permit me to go into details of all the hostilities and conflicts—local, tribal and global ones—that are going on right now.
Why are there many hostilities among us? Let me suggest some of the walls of hostilities that we sometimes build around us:
Religious Walls: Some times we think that my denomination is the better than others.
Social Walls: sometimes we are not comfortable in reaching out to people we consider lower than us: the poor, the prostitutes, people of a different race or color…
Cultural Walls: we are afraid of going to places beyond our comfort zone, to places that will stretch us to speak a language other than our own…. and the list could go on and on.
One thing we learn from God’s Word today is that because of the cross of Christ, those walls have been broken. All of us, the Bible says, have been separated from God and without Jesus Christ we are enemies of God; we have no peace with God and that is why we have no peace with one another. The only way to have peace with one another is first of all to have peace with God. If the world is to have peace then they must have a personal relationship with the Prince of Peace, who is Jesus Christ. He is not only the Prince of Peace but he is PEACE.
The cross of Christ brings a radical change in our lives; it breaks walls that divide us, whether they are religious, social, political or cultural walls. The Cross of Christ creates ONE true community of Christ.