“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. And He came and preached peace to you who were afar off and to those who were near. For through Him we both have access by one Spirit to the Father” (Ephesians 2:14-18).
It is breathtaking to reverently ponder what Jesus has done for all humanity, especially those who are Gentiles. To reconcile sinners to their God and to their fellow humans, Jesus personally intervened.
He Himself put the enmity to death through the cross. Two spiritual categories of people—Jews and Gentiles—became one new class of people—Christians. The afar off and the near both gained intimate access to the Father by one Spirit. The alienated became the reconciled because the Prince of Peace made peace for us.
What a Friend we have in Jesus!