Unless you happen to be a Jew by birth, we are Gentiles by birth, that is, we are from other nations, not the nation of Israel. And you all know where I was born: The Shire. I am definitely a Gentile!
If you are a Gentile – and just about all of us are – there was a time when we were separated from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world (Ephesians 2:12). And it is only through the blood of Christ, that is, by faith in who he is and what he has done, that we who were once far away can be now brought near (Ephesians 2:13).
I marvel at the thought that when God promised to bless all people through Abraham (Genesis 12:3) – mind you, you could say that he too was also a Gentile – that I would be one of those people.
And all of this makes me think about the comments concerning coronavirus and our borders being shut or closed.
But – and I do love the word ’but’ – but the borders are now open for all people of all ages to come to God through the New Covenant. Yes, the border that matters, the border between people and God, as well as the border between Jew and Gentile, can now be removed when you come to the one who destroyed such a wall – and destroyed it through the shedding of his blood for the forgiveness of our sins.
Now I know most of us look quite different (and have different states of originJ), but through faith in the Lord Jesus we are all the same; we are all the saved children of God; we are all part of one body; and the cross of Christ is where those borders were smashed – borders that once kept us alienated from each other and alienated from our Lord (Cf. Ephesians 2:16).
I might be from The Shire. My State of Origin is NSW. And I look different But what matters is that the most important borders have now been smashed by Jesus, and my faith in him means you are also now my brother or sister.