Ephesians 2:14-18 (NIV) 14 For he himself is our peace, who has made the two one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, 15 by abolishing in his flesh the law with its commandments and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new man out of the two, thus making peace, 16 and in this one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility. 17 He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near. 18 For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit
We live in a world full of hostilities. Not a single day passes without hearing devastating news of violence – some committing heinous crimes in the name of God. Many people would say they want peace, but why is it that there is no peace in the world? Why are there hostilities in the world, even in the church (of all places)?
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 separated West from East Germany. And many other walls that divide us whether they are religious, ethnic, racial, political, etc.
Devastating as these hostilities are, the worst case of hostility is the one between people and God. 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 people must have a personal relationship with the Prince of Peace—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, racial, ethnic or cultural one. The Cross of Christ creates ONE true community of Christ.
We who have believed in the Lord Jesus Christ have a privilege and responsibility of being champions of spreading the message of Peace. For are “Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us” (2 Corinthians 5:20 NIV).