by Pastor Mark Jordan
“In Christ’s family there can be no division into Jew and non-Jew, slave and free, male and female. Among us you are all equal. That is, we are all in a common relationship with Jesus Christ. Also, since you are Christ’s family, then you are Abraham’s famous ‘descendant,’ heirs according to the covenant promises.” (Galatians 3:28, MSG)
I have been keeping an eye on the recovery work taking place in Texas during Hurricane Harvey. As tragic as the devastation is, something caught my attention in the various news cycles, which is the focus is on people in their hour of need. Isn’t that the way it should be? Recently it feels like a disproportionate amount of energy is spent on people’s differences, but in times like this, we drop those issues and rally around a cause. I think that’s how God wants it to be.
Today’s verse is one that resonates with me. With all the divisions we experience around us, we are reminded that in Christ’s family, all are one thanks to our common relationship with Jesus. Jesus’ death on the cross accomplished this. Matthew 27:51 tells us that when Jesus died, the temple curtain was torn in two from the top to the bottom. The backstory here is that curtain separated the Holy of Holies (the central part of the temple where it was believed God resided) from the rest of the temple where people could mill about and worship. When Jesus died, that dividing curtain was torn top to bottom as God tore down the things that separate. Now, thanks to forgiveness and the love of God in Jesus, we can experience the unity God desired all long…with him and each other.
I hope this thought will help you today as you think about the various people with whom you’ll come in contact. We are all called to be as one in Christ Jesus…may we live accordingly!
Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for the love you have for me in Jesus. I pray that you be with those dealing with the devastation from the hurricane in their time of need. Help me look for ways to help everyone see and know that we are called to live based on what makes us alike, not what makes us difference…namely the blood of your Son, Jesus. I pray this in his holy name. Amen.