There is a new commercial on TV right now for a car that starts out with a giant person made out of a bunch of people. When the giant person needs to do anything, all the people work together to get it done. When the giant person opens the front door to the house and sees four different cars all the people disassemble and go to the car that works best for them. The point is to show that everyone has a different preference for a car and this car maker has made cars to fit everyone's needs. What if we reversed the commercial and had everyone start in their individual cars? When everyone got out of their cars they ran to the door and turned into one giant person and worked together to open the large door. To me, that is a picture of what happened when Christ came into the picture. Please look up Ephesians 2:14-16.
There was a great division between the Jews and the Gentiles. Yesterday, I looked at how the Jews were very proud of their heritage and their circumcision. In fact, it was to the point that many believed that things like circumcision was what provided their salvation. But Jesus had a different plan and no longer wanted the division between people. Through Him the Jews and Gentiles were made new and unified into one group of believers. The word in verse 15 that is translated as "new" is the Greek word, kainos. Kainos means new, but it also means unprecedented, unheard of, and novel. I love that because isn't it just like God to make something unprecedented? We were made into a new people that is unique in every way. There is nothing else like us when we are united in Christ! And never before had anything been done like this unity with Christ.
"But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God's special possession that you may declare the praises of Him who has called you out of darkness into His wonderful light. Once you were not a people, now you are a people of God. Once you had not received mercy, now you have received mercy." Without Christ we were not a people, but in Christ we are unified into the unique body of Christ. We are no longer set apart because of physical changes, we are set apart because of the sacrifice that Jesus made in our place. We are made whole because we listened to Christ calling us to follow Him. Jew and Gentile doesn't matter any more. What matters is do you follow Christ?
Rejoice in this unprecedented unity we have in Christ!
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