“Now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For He himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in His flesh the dividing wall of hostility by abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinances, that he might create in Himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace, and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby killing the hostility. And He came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near. For through Him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father. So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. In Him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit.” Ephesians 2:13-22
Jesus is peace between His children. In Jesus’ blood, the Church is united. In Jesus, the Church is brought together. In Jesus, hostility dies. We will always have our differences, but God’s love conquers them. In the light of what He has done for us, none of the differences matter anymore because of the common denominator of His redemption.
In Jesus, we are fellow citizens. In Jesus, we are saints. In Jesus, we are members of God’s household. In Jesus, the Church is being built into a holy temple for God – a dwelling place for the Holy Spirit. We are God’s redeemed children, and He is building us into a headquarters from which He conducts His work in the world.
In Christ, there is no race or caste. We are all part of the family of the highest God.
So let’s treat our family like family. Let’s be mirrors of God’s love to one another. Let’s share our struggles, burdens and pain. Let’s build each other up with the love of Jesus. This world is a dark place. We need each other. Be aware of your brothers and sisters around you. Take care of your family. Let God use you to multiply His love and peace in His Church. We will only overcome hate by the work of God through Jesus in us. But God is sufficient.
Jesus has united the city of Charleston since the tragedy at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. Through the work of God, beauty is rising from the ashes. It has been my privilege to see a glimpse of the love of God in Charleston over the past few weeks.
“……………….. But God.”