Ephesians 2:14 (NIV) For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility
Some years back, I visited the War Memorial of Korea and bought a mug lid and on it was written the words: “freedom is not free.” In Ephesians chapter 2, Apostle Paul paints a picture of our state without Christ—and it is not an impressive one. Here is the sampler of the catalog: dead in transgressions (verse 1), gratifying the cravings of our flesh (verse 3), deserving of wrath (verse 3), separate from Christ (verse 12), without hope and without God (verse 12).It took Jesus’ bloody death on the cross to reverse all of the above (verse 13). Even Mel Gibson’s R-rated “Passion of Christ” cannot adequately depict the gruesomeness of Christ’s death on the cross.
In the cross we see a juxtaposition of God’s love and justice. A Holy God died for His enemies. He bore the wrath that we deserved. Because of His bloody death, we “who once were far away have been brought near” (verse 13). Yes indeed Christ is our Peace because through Him our relationship with God is restored.
But it doesn’t end here; our human relationships too have been redeemed. The walls that separate us such as race, gender, denominations, economic differences, have been torn down. Irrespective of our backgrounds we all have equal access to the Father (verse 18). We are fellow citizens in God’s commonwealth (verse 19). Let us, therefore, pursue peace and be ambassadors of the gospel of peace which was brought to us through the death of our Lord, Jesus Christ.