Our reading for this week is from Ephesians 2:14-16.
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.
There is that phrase that God’s Word uses to describe how the work that Jesus accomplished on the cross brings individuals together in the Christian Church.
It says, “thereby killing the hostility”
That little phrase always catches me, killing the hostility. That word translated to killing in the Greek is Luo, meaning to loose, tear down, or destroy.
The imagery is of a wall between people built up by sin, anger, resentment, pride or pain and Jesus tears down that wall by dying on the cross so when the two people look to Jesus they see they are connected by faith and not divided by everything else.
Those walls we build between people seem insurmountable. But Jesus has given us the means to conquer those walls and learn to love and have peace with each other. But that word destroy should give us a clue. This isn’t something that happens by itself. God-fearing Christians must actively look to Jesus at and intentionally begin tearing down those walls.
We destroy walls, not through anger but through love. Jesus destroyed the wall that separated us from god through his great love for us on the cross. The walls that are built between us are destroyed in the same way: intentional, purposeful, active love.
This week put down the stones that we use to build walls, look to Jesus, and begin tearing down some of those walls that are separating you from the people you are called to love.