Ephesians 2:13-15 (JDV)
Ephesians 2:13 But now in Christ Jesus, you who were far away have been brought near because of the blood of Christ.
Ephesians 2:14 You see, he is our peace, who made both groups one and tore down the dividing wall of hostility.1 With his flesh,
Ephesians 2:15 he made of no effect the law consisting of commands and expressed in regulations, so that he might create in himself one new human2 from the two, resulting in peace…
both groups one
Once a sacrifice has been accomplished, the regulations concerning it no longer serve as a barrier between God and the worshiper. But as long as the worshiper looks at completing that sacrifice as a means of getting on God’s good side, the sacrifice itself can be a barrier, separating people from each other. Those who do are proud of their accomplishments, those who don’t resent those who do.
Enter Jesus. He tore down the wall of hostility by becoming the sacrifice that the Mosaic sacrifices pointed to. He treated them as a prophecy and fulfilled them on the cross. Now, everyone has access to the same benefits of his sacrifice. Now the other sacrifices are obsolete, except to teach us the meaning of their fulfillment on the cross.
Lord, thank you for tearing down the wall, and making both groups one.