Christ’s death on the cross has torn down the wall we use to keep each other at a distance
“For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation…Ephesians 2:14”
Christ’s death on the cross has torn down the wall we use to keep each other at a distance.
Pastor Bucker Fanning, experienced this firsthand in World War II three weeks after the dropping of the atomic bomb on Nagasaki. Imagine a young American Marine in that city of radiation-burned victims. He was a soldier feeling not victory but grief for the suffering around him.
But instead of anger and revenge, Buckner found an oasis of grace! The sign said: Methodist Church. What he found was a partially collapsed structure. Shattered windows; walls, buckled. But several men were setting up chairs. They turned as he entered. He knew one Japanese word. He heard it. Brother!
During Communion, worshippers brought him the elements. In that quiet moment, the enmity and the hurt of the war was set aside as one Christian served another the body and the blood of Christ!
Another wall came a-tumbling down.
May the LORD bless Nigeria, American and Israel and take care of us; May the LORD make His face shine upon us, And be gracious to us; May the Lord lift up His countenance upon us, And give us peace, In Jesus Christ Name, we pray! Amen!
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