For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, by setting aside in his flesh the law with its commands and regulations. 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 2:14-16
I loved getting Happy Birthday videos from all four gatherings on Sunday. That was incredible, thank you SO very much!
In these times, where division abounds politically, racially, and in myriad other ways, the church can stand in unity around a greater Kingdom ethic. Only in the cross do we discover a Kingdom identity that supersedes earthly alliances and differences and draws us together as one.
Wayne Cordero in his excellent book Jesus Pure and Simple shares about the prenuptial agreement he and his wife made prior to their marriage:
“I remember one of the best commitments I made with my wife early on (while she was still my fiancée). I said, “We are like sheep, and one day we may get separated from each other. If that ever happens, promise that we will meet again at Calvary. And if I get there before you, I will wait for you. If you get there before me, please wait for me.” We both understood what that meant. Calvary is the place where barriers are removed. It’s where God and humans connect again deeply. At the cross, redemption took place, but not only once. It can take place again and again. Calvary is a place where the issue is not “Who’s right?” but “What’s right?” There, it isn’t about us. It’s about Jesus.”
That is not only great marriage advice, it is a great word for churches! Paul was conveying this same truth to the Ephesian church which gathered amidst a radically divided city, calling them all to raise their primary allegiance to the cross.
For us this means that every Sunday is a “Meet me at the cross” experience, where we come together as a community which is growing in diversity, but is centered around the Lord Jesus!
This Sunday we continue in our Dear Church series looking at the second letter that Jesus wrote to first century churches in the book of Revelation, this one to a confused church. You can read up ahead in Revelation 2:8-11. It is going to be a great time together.
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I’ll see you “at the cross” on Sunday. I love being your pastor!