Week 42 Day 5
Finding God in the Mysteries of every day
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Romans 8:10 When Jesus heard him, he was amazed and said to those who followed him, “Truly I tell you, in no one in Israel have I found such faith.
Faith rises up in the strangest places. Here, in the heart of a sworn enemy of Israel, a representative of an occupying military force Jesus finds a faith, asg enuine as it can possibly be. When I hear stories about prejudice and persecution I am reminded of the words of Paul the apostle concerning the “dividing wall” Ephesians 2: 13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. 14 For he is our peace; in his flesh he has made both groups into one and has broken down the dividing wall, that is, the hostility between us. 15 He has abolished the law with its commandments and ordinances, that he might create in himself one new humanity in place of the two, thus making peace, here speaking of Jew and Gentile, and later in Galatians 3: 27 As many of you as were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. 28 There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus. 29 And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s offspring,[a] heirs according to the promise.
It would seem on reading this that there are no longer any distinctions to be made save for the one that relates to being “in Christ” or not. And since it is our commission to intercede for and “make disciples” of those not yet “in Christ” where then is there any room for any sort of prejudice?