Something more than Christ was supposed to die that day. Yet, I fear it lives on.
In the second chapter of Ephesians, Paul wrote how the death of Christ was to unite all of God’s children. The separation that once occurred between the Jews and their hated enemies, the Gentiles, was to be removed. Through the sacrifice of Jesus, believing Gentiles were to be grafted in to God’s chosen family (Romans 11). The bitterness caused by division was to end.
In fact, Paul said it this way, “His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace, and in one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility.” (Ephesians 2:15-16)
Hostility (open hatred bent on inflicting harm) was to have been put to death that day. The death of Christ was also to have been the death of hatred among His children. Warring parties were to lay down their arms and live in unity. Yet, I often see just the opposite; people claiming the forgiveness of Christ but holding on to their ‘right’ to be at odds with others.
Yes, our love for Christ should cause a disdain for evil. However, that same love for Christ should not result in hostility for those with whom we disagree. Jesus said that others will know us by our love (John 13:35) – we are not to be known by our hatred and hostility.
Hostility was put to death at the cross – but does it yet live in your life? –Dave
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