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Verses 14-16: “For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation, having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace, and that He might reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity.”

The Berlin Wall was a barrier constructed by East Germany in 1961 during the era known as the Cold War, which became the focal point of the divide between East and West Berlin, and mirroring the divide between East and West Germany. For years after World War II, Germany became a divided nation of two peoples. In 1987 then U.S. President Ronald Reagan challenged then General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev, the leader of the Soviet Union, to “tear down this wall” as a thawing of freedoms and liberty. After more progress was made and border crossings became less politically complicated, the wall itself was officially torn down, the first step toward German reunification in 1990. I gleaned this historical information from the entry in Wikipedia at the following link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fall_of_the_Berlin_Wall#The_Fall

During that time, the Wall kept physically separated families and friends. It was an oppressing reminder of the separation of people by political ideologies, among other factors. The reunification of Germany, though met with some trepidation, led to many happy reunions between those people the Wall had separated.

In the verses above, Paul states that Jesus is our peace; He is the One who has torn down barriers that mankind puts up (in this case between Jew and Gentile), removed the man-made laws that divide, and reconciling us all to God through His sacrifice and defeat of death.

Do you hear Jesus’ knocking on the walls in your life?

Something to think about.

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