November 9th 2010

“And The Wall Came Tumbling Down!”

“He has made known to us the secret of his will, according to the purpose which he planned for us in Christ that, when the fullness of the times was worked out, he might unite everything in him, everything both in heaven and on earth.”
Ephesians 1: 9-10 (NT in Plain English)

Just over twenty-one years ago on the 9th of November 1989; the Berlin Wall came tumbling down—well, perhaps not so much tumbling down, more like torn down, smashed down—showing just how much the people of East and West Berlin hated it. The purpose of this wall, erected in 1961, was to keep the people separated and to curb the flow of refugees from East to West.

But on that night everything changed. People streamed across this divide, a place where the act of trying to cross only the day before would have meant almost certain death. That night, border policemen, the Stasi, opened the gates and gave in to people power. People who now were free, liberated, had the right to decide for themselves where they wanted to live. What a night of joy that must have been for them; a new dream, a dream of unity and oneness after many years of separation. This dream also included a search for fridges, jeans and Coca-Cola from supermarkets. What an evening that was—a time of excitement and joy!

I’d like to focus your attention on another wall that was torn down in the first century AD. It was a wall that also divided people and caused hatred and sometimes even death between them. Notice this section of scripture: “But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near through the blood of Christ. For he himself is our peace, who has made the two one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, by abolishing in his flesh the law with its commandments and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new man out of the two, thus making peace” (Ephesians 2:13-15 NIV).

This reconciliation between Jew and Gentile, this beautiful peace which is celebrated here, is the result of the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ. It is just the tip of the iceberg because this peace and oneness encompasses everything in heaven and on earth. In other words, the whole universe!

The biblical concept of peace is “Shalom” which covers wholeness, well being, prosperity, security, good relations, and integrity. Wow!

“Great Father of peace, grant that your peace, which passes all understanding, will guard our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus, our Lord.”

Study by Cliff Neill 

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