20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. (Ephesians 3:20-21 NIV)
In Ephesians 3, Paul uncovers the wonderful, mysterious plan of God–to bring together the Jews and Gentiles into one family of faith. How did God bring this mind-boggling reality into existence? Were there “peace talks” held in some diplomat’s office? Hardly. Were both sides suddenly overcome by a humanitarian spirit of brotherhood that brought them together? Not a chance. The coming together of Jews and Gentiles was accomplished not by any effort of their own, but by the decisive act of Almighty God in the death and resurrection of Jesus.
To understand just how revolutionary this reality truly is, all I have have to do is think about the deep animosity and bitter hatred of the Palestinians and Jews in our own day. What can overcome their deep-seated feelings of hatred for one another? Absolutely nothing that governments or humanity has to offer. It can only be accomplished by a miraculous act of God.
This truth also applies on a more personal level. What can truly bridge the gap that separates families, neighbors, co-workers, and friends? Many things have been tried, but very few have been successful over time. What happens most of the time is nothing more than a tense co-existence, but rarely is unity ever experienced. There is only one lasting remedy that is fail-proof if applied to tattered relationships–and that is for enemies to come before the cross of the One who died to tear down every wall that separates us from God and from one another. Is this really possible? Paul says, “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine…” I’ll trust that Paul knows what he is talking about and seek reconciliation through the cross instead of some man-made remedy.
My prayer today, Lord, is all of my tattered relationships might find their healing and reconciliation in the remedy that You have provided through Jesus.