13 Feb Sermon Snap Shot February 10, 2019
So while Romans teaches us that God’s cleansing grace has implications for each of us individually – because of Jesus’ faithfulnesss we can live at peace with God – the passage from Ephesians teaches us that it has global, even cosmic implications as well. Through Jesus’ one-time sacrifice, God is at work breaking down the walls that have separated us from the very beginning, including…
socio-economic walls and so on.
Through God’s gift of God’s self in Jesus, God is seeking to bring us all into a new family that transcends our historic differences.
Thus, the picture of God that we see in these two passages is like the father who takes out a water hose to spray off his children who have been playing in the mud puddle. But the father’s work doesn’t end there. It continues as the father takes a sledgehammer and starts tearing down the fences that separate these two boys from their neighbors. A garden hose in one hand…and a sledgehammer in the other: both symbols of God’s cleansing grace.
From Sunday, February 10 message based on Romans 3:21-26 and Ephesians 2:13-16, “G.R.A.C.E.: God’s Grace Cleanses Us”
Pastor, Waters Edge UMC