100th Post! – Tear Down Every Barrier

Colossians 3:11 –  11 Here there is no Greek or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all.

A Barbarian to a Greek was anyone that did not speak Greek.  They were literally:  “someone who says “Bar, bar.”  A Synthian was the lowest of the barbarians, just short of a wild animal.  A Slave was a tool.  There would be no fellowship of a slave and a free man.  Jesus came to obliderate such distinctions.  He did it from the start of His ministry.

Jesus took a deep breath when he chose Simon the
Zealot as a disciple, and political barriers were blown away.

Jesus  took a deep breath when he dined with Zacchaeus the despised publican, and
class barriers were blown away.

Jesus  took a deep breath when he conversed with a woman ofSamaria, and sexual barriers were blown away.

Jesus  took a deep breath when he celebrated a Roman centurion’s faith, and racial barriers were blown away.

Jesus  took a deep breath when he allowed a woman who was a sinner to touch him, and  ideological barriers were blown away.

Jesus  took a deep breath when he praised a poor woman who offered her mite, and economic barriers were blown away.

Jesus  took a deep breath when he heeded the appeal of a Syro-Phoenician woman, and national barriers were blown away.

Jesus  took a deep breath when he washed his disciple’s feet, and social barriers were  blown away.

Jesus took a deep breath when he washed his disciple’s feet, and social barriers were blown away.

Jesus took a deep breath when he rebuked his disciples for criticizing a follower who was an outsider of the group, and denominational barriers were blown away.

Jesus took a deep breath when he chastised the adults for not suffering the children to come unto him, and ageist barriers were blown away.

Jesus took a deep breath when he told Lazarus to come forth, and physical barriers were blown away.

Jesus, God’s breath made flesh, took deep breaths—will we?

–  Leonard Sweet (A Cup of  Coffee at the Soul Café, pp. 78-79.)

Jesus has taken a wrecking ball to walls that keep us apart… isn’t it time we take a wrecking ball to those walls we’ve left standing in our own hearts?

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