2011 Peace Sunday: Destroying the Barrier
Jesus broke down walls between people throughout his ministry, beginning when he chose disciples who were from groups who hated each other, such as Zealots and tax collectors. From interacting with Zacchaeus up in his tree, to the Samaritan woman at the well, to touching lepers outside city walls, to the Roman Centurion in need of a healing miracle, Christ made a habit of scampering over and around cultural walls. He spoke to people society told him not to, went where he should not have, said what Jews dared not.
In Ephesians, Paul is specific that Jesus was intentional. “But now in Christ Jesus you who formerly were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For He Himself is our peace, who made both groups into one and broke down the barrier of the dividing wall” (Ephesians 2:13-14). These days our security is defined in terms of the distance separating our enemies from us. Though communication technology shrinks our planet on a daily basis, the barriers our “security” requires grow ironically larger and larger. By opening up and learning about each other—turning barriers perpendicular—we can build bridges of peace and understanding.
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