Scripture Reading: Ephesians 2:14-18
“For He Himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in His flesh the dividing wall of hostility…and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby killing the hostility.” (Ephesians 2:14,18)
The root problem of our troubles is sin. That is why the world is in the state it is in. That is why there is so much conflict, division, and strife between people and nations. The Bible teaches that we have all sinned and come short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). Sin leads to separation. Sin causes conflicts and separation between human beings and it also causes separation from God.
The only answer to our sin problem is Jesus Christ — “For He Himself is our peace.” He not only makes peace; He is peace. He makes peace between people who are in conflict with one another. In the case here in Ephesians 2, Christ made Jews and Gentiles one by breaking down the barrier of the dividing wall. The enmity that served as a barrier was primarily the ceremonial law of the Old Testament. The way to God in the Old Testament was through sacrifice, burnt offerings, and elaborate rituals. But now in Christ those things are gone; they have been done way with. Christ is the fulfillment of these things. Now both believing Jews and believing Gentiles have been brought together in the church, which is described as “one new man in place of two, so making peace” (v. 14). Christ breaks down walls of hostility and makes reconciliation between human beings possible.
Christ also makes peace with God possible. Sin separates human beings from God. It is Jesus alone who can reconcile us to God — “And might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby killing the hostility” (v. 18). Jesus makes reconciliation with God possible through His work on the cross. Our sins are taken away and they are paid for by Jesus’ death on the cross.
The only answer to the sin problem is Jesus Christ — “For He Himself is our peace.” Have you experienced His peace? Are you at peace with God? Are you at peace with other human beings? If not, flee to the Prince of Peace, our Savior Jesus Christ. He makes peace possible for He is our peace.
Lord Jesus, Prince of Peace, thank You for making it possible for me to have peace with God. Thank You for reconciling me to God through Your work on the cross. Also, thank You for making it possible for me to have peace with other human beings. You have broken down the walls of hostility and given me the ability to be reconciled with those who have offended me and with those I have offended. You Yourself are my peace.
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