The Ground is Level for Everyone at the Foot of the Cross.
Topic: Get Connected Sunday
Fallen humanity has a tendency to separate rather than appreciate anyone that is different. In Ephesians 2:14, the Apostle Paul makes reference to the partition wall that was around the Temple in Jerusalem. He calls it the “dividing wall of hostility.” Jews were meant to be a blessing to the nations but they harbored hostility and disdain toward the Gentiles. (See Acts 21:28 for an example.) The conflict is not limited to Jews and Gentiles. Sadly, Christian denominations still display it today. Consider the “peace walls” in Northern Ireland that separate Catholics and Protestants.
What fallen humanity needs is a glimpse of the new community that Jesus has begun through his own death and resurrection. Paul says that Jesus has killed hostility by the cross (v. 14-16). Although separation and alienation were marks of the old life, in Christ, a new unity has been made possible. All people are under the wrath of God (Eph. 2:3). “But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ” (v.13).
The ground is level for everyone at the foot of the Cross.
Although all people have sinned and fallen short of God’s glory, for those in Christ, things are made different.
Christians have access directly to the Father in the Spirit (v. 18). The temple curtain tore on Good Friday.
Christians are fellow citizens along with the saints and members of God’s household (v. 19). You can experience belonging.
Christians are living stones in a new temple being built and held together in Christ (v.21-22). The Holy Spirit dwells within his church.
We were made for fellowship with Christ and his people, so get connected!