They are from opposite sides of the track. Far too much water has flowed under the bridge between them. History reinforces their animosity. They are the Hatfields and McCoys, the feuding families of Romeo and Juliet. In such cases peace treaties will never work.
In our ongoing study of Wineskins, we ventured into territory of the irreconcilable; the arch-enemies of Jews and everyone else.
As in all the stories, somebody has to die. Only, in this case, somehow everything changes. Jesus didn’t just bring peace, he became our peace! Peace by the blood of Christ.
“His purpose was to create in himself one new man out of the two, thus making peace” (Eph 2:15).
In their histories, in the soil of their lands, in their ongoing circumstances, the two remained perpetually irreconcilable. They couldn’t change the past. But by bringing them both into himself and by fixing the very first broken relationship, that between each of them and God, he changed everything.
And so, “in this one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility” (v.16).
He did not join gentiles into the Jewish people of God. Rather both were in need of being reconciled to God through him by his sacrifice upon the Cross. Both feuding parties reconciled by invitation into the single, new body of Christ also called the Church. Jewish Christian, gentile Christian, united as one in Christ.
The path of complete reconciliation and permanent peace is only available by entering into that one body which has paid the ultimate price: Jesus Christ.
How has your faith in Jesus given you the peace that surpasses understanding?