The Dividing Wall…
Sin creates a dividing wall between us and God, and Jesus came to tear it down:
For he is our peace, he who made both one and broke down the dividing wall of enmity, through his flesh, abolishing the law with its commandments and legal claims, that he might create in himself one new person in place of the two, thus establishing peace, and might reconcile both with God, in one body, through the cross, putting that enmity to death by it. -Ephesians 2:14-16, NAB
Since the fall of man, that moment went sin first entered the world, there has been a dividing wall between us and our Creator. Christ, through His saving work on the cross, tore down the wall, and we are free to be reunited with God once again.
The wall works in two ways. First, we can see the wall as a barrier for all mankind, separated from God because of our sin, but it can also be seen as a wall to the Gentiles, who were not able to worship in the temple – lacking any way to reconcile with God.
Now, whether we are Jew or Gentile, we can come to God freely by the saving work of the cross. The Law has been abolished, and we are free to be with the Lord.
This picture that St. Paul is painting reminds me of the Berlin Wall falling in the 1980s. For decades, it separated the German people, and when it came tumbling down, there was a new sense of freedom that rang across the world. If the Berlin Wall made this large of a difference, imagine the impact of Christ tearing down the dividing wall between God and His people.
The dividing wall is gone, crushed and torn down by our Savior, Jesus Christ, and there is a new life waiting for each one of us on the other side. Climb over the rubble or your sin and take your first steps in a whole new world.
NOTE: On Saturdays, I will now be posting reflections for the Saturday evening and Sunday morning Mass readings. Sundays will continue to be special topics based on relevant current events, and weekdays will continue to focus on a given book of the Bible (which is currently Ephesians).