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The one bridge that will change your life

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Bridges are built to give access to another place. Another side. Walls are the very opposite. Walls are built to separate. To divide. Paul said in Ephesians 2, that Jesus broke down the wall between the Jew and Gentile (people who have different cultures and different ideas), and has become the bridge that we can walk across, together, in peace.

On the Israeli West Bank there is a wall separating the Palestinians and Israelis. You'll remember the Berlin Wall. Walls are built so no one can cross to the other side without permission.

Then, of course, there are imaginary walls. We just imagine we're separated when, in fact, we are not. When I think about that and the imaginary walls of partition concerning: racial barriers, financial barriers, political barriers, religions barriers and probably a hundred more different barriers, I can't help but be THANKFUL FOR JESUS and appreciate the fact that he broke down the wall of hostility so we could all come, equally, to Jesus ... and remain equal IN JESUS.

A wall of partition, is called a fence, a divider, a hedge, a security wall - whatever it's called, it is the exact opposite of bridges. A bridge is called "a means of connection". A wall breeds hostility. A bridge breeds peace. We should never forget Jesus is the bridge to connection and the bridge to peace. In fact, he is our only real peace.

The problem with walls is that it causes each side to distrust, dislike and suspect the other side. Walls breed uncertainty and we don't like uncertainty. In reality, that is why barriers are so difficult to deal with.

That's why Ephesians is such an important book in the Bible. IN CHRIST, we become one. Jesus broke down the wall of hostility so we could love each other. For people of all races, the only requirement is that we BE IN CHRIST if we want the walls of hostility to be removed. He is our peace.

I like what one preacher said: The only "bloodline" that counts in Christ's church is the blood of Christ.

Those who were formerly "strangers" to God and his covenant, are now "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" (Eph. 2:19-20).

In the midst of turmoil in our society, and world, the church needs desperately to preach the gospel of peace through the blood of Christ. He completely destroyed any sense of superiority. When you're in Christ you know that we are all sinners saved by grace. All are recipients of God's love and forgiveness. All have fallen short of the glory of God. If we say we have no sin, we lie.

Love is not just that we are one body, but that each member protects and is concerned about the other. Love is not just forgiving one another, but asking forgiveness as well.

Paul said when we are separated from Christ, we are without hope and without God (Ephesians 2:12). Yet, through Christ, we have been "brought near" (Ephesians 2:13). The dividing wall has been taken down, ending hostility (Ephesians 2:14).

Let us all be bridge builders.

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