Thursday, May 2, 2013

different but not divided

Good afternoon friends,
I hope you're enjoying this beautiful afternoon. I'm very grateful for my window, through which I can feel the breeze and hear the birds chirping. God made such a beautiful world, and a day like this makes it easy to appreciate. In today's reading Paul talks about a division that used to be incredibly important, the division between Jews and gentiles. In Paul's time Jews didn't associate with gentiles because they were seen as impure. In turn, many gentiles looked down on Jews because they didn't worship the pagan gods and were seen as separate from society. 

Within the Christian movement things were a little different because Jews and gentiles were both part of the same community. Paul says that in the cross Jesus breaks down the wall that divides us and makes one people out of two groups. If Christ can bridge that divide, then surely we don't need to be divided by things like politics or economic situation or race. We are all God's children; we are made new in Christ. Nothing needs to separate us now.

God bless,

Ephesians 2:14-22
14For he is our peace; in his flesh he has made both groups into one and has broken down the dividing wall, that is, the hostility between us. 15He has abolished the law with its commandments and ordinances, that he might create in himself one new humanity in place of the two, thus making peace, 16and might reconcile both groups to God in one body through the cross, thus putting to death that hostility through it. 17

So he came and proclaimed peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near; 18for through him both of us have access in one Spirit to the Father. 19So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are citizens with the saints and also members of the household of God, 20built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the cornerstone. 21In him the whole structure is joined together and grows into a holy temple in the Lord; 22in whom you also are built together spiritually into a dwelling place for God.

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