16th September 2016

Walls

The angel who talked with me had a measuring rod of gold to measure the city, its gates and its walls…On no day will its gates ever be shut, for there will be no night there.”
Revelation 21:15, 25 (NIV)

What is the purpose of a wall?

In France there is a plan to build a UK-funded wall, dubbed the “Great Wall of Calais”, with the hope that this will help reduce the number of migrants attempting to gain entry into the UK. In the US, a wall along the border with Mexico has become a hot topic in the presidential debate. Walls have a long and varied history in human civilization. For millennia they were built to protect against invaders, yet in modern times walls have become more a symbol of division than of protection. Walls such as the ones already mentioned, along with the Berlin Wall and the West Bank Barrier, all demonstrate that the human solution to conflict is to create barricades to separate us from one another, but…what is God’s solution?

There was another wall of separation in our history, one far greater than even the Great Wall of China, and that is the wall of sin that separated us from God. Christ came into the world to break down this wall, calling us to join Him in His work of reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:11-21). God is not a God of separation but of unity, reaching out for all people to be unified in him. The last mention of walls in the Bible is in the book of Revelation, where it describes the great and glorious walls of the New Jerusalem. Yet these heavenly walls have a curious aspect to them – their gates are always open!

Let’s make sure that we are not those who put up walls of separation when we should be opening wide the gates of unity.

Prayer
Father, thank you for Jesus, through whom we are unified with you and with one another.  Help us please, through your Spirit, not to seek new ways to separate us from you and from others, but rather to open wide the gates of unity. In Jesus’ name.
Amen

Study by Fraser Henderson

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fraserhendersonAbout the Author:
Fraser Henderson serves in the Ottawa-Gatineau, Ontario, Canada Congregation of Grace Communion International.

Local Congregation:
GCI Ottawa
The Church of the Ascension
253 Echo Drive,
Ottawa,
Ontario, K1S 1N3
CANADA

Meeting Time:
Saturday 11:00am

Local Congregational Contact:
Bill Rabey
Phone: 613-445-0740
Email: brabey@gcicanada.ca

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