Because of the sacrifice of Christ on the cross, Jesus created peace and unity among all who would put their faith in Him.
14 For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, 15 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, 16 and in one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility.
Christ is our source of peace. The peace that comes from Him is not like the peace the world offers. His peace comes in the midst of times that are anything but peaceful. Christ’s death and resurrection brought a unity to both Jews and Gentiles who would believe in Him. For two groups who were greatly opposed to one another, Christ offered peace and unity.
17 He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near. 18 For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit.
Christ’s message of peace through His Word still reaches out to those who do not know HIm. His peace is available to all who call on His name. Verse 18 reminds us of the open access Christ provided for us to the Father and the blessing of His Holy Spirit. Tension between religious groups is not something that is new today, it has been around since before Christ. However, one of the the things Christ came to do was to bring unity – unity for all who believe in Him.
Unfortunately, I don’t think we as believers have found that unity. There is much debate and fighting not just between believers and nonbelievers, but from within the body of Christ. Sometimes we allow our denominations or our differences in religious practices to divide us rather than unite us. If as followers of Christ we focused on that simple fact, we are His followers, we would be a more united body of Christ. May we as believers focus on what we have in common rather than our differences and live out the peace and unity Christ has provided for us.