“For he himself (Jesus) is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility… He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near. For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit”. Eph. 2:14-18
Dear Lord Jesus, we are a most blessed people. Through your finished work, we haven’t “merely” been reconciled to God; we have become objects of his affection and children of his delight. God’s favor rests upon us by the peace you won for us. We are humbled and grateful. We are also desperate.
Your peace-making work isn’t just between God and us, but also between us and “them”—whoever our “them” includes. You came to destroy the hateful dividing wall between Gentiles and Jews—and other people groups as well.
Only you can replace hostility with hospitality, rancor with reconciliation, and loathing with loving. Only you can turn sworn enemies into Gospel-family.
Early in January 2021, we are desperate for your enmity-destroying, repentance-fueling, peace-making work. High dividing walls (with barbed-wire and shards of glass on top) have been built in families, friendships, and our communities. The issues are real. We see things differently. We don’t know who to trust.
Once again, you must become our Way, Truth, and Life. We don’t need “campfires, s’mores, and hugs.” We need the refining fire of your Spirit and fresh manna from heaven. We must stop “getting in each other’s faces,” and get on our faces together before you, in repentance and worship. Take us there, Lord Jesus. So very Amen we pray, in your merciful and mighty name.