L. A. Marzulli
Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free; but Christ is all, and in all. Colossians 3: 11
I I would suggest a reading of the entire chapter of Colossians, 3.
It is just amazing, as Paul outlines what we are to put away and what we are to embrace and what holds that embrace together is love.
However, I want to call your attention to the above passage because when it was written, nearly 2000 years it was simply astonishingly revolutionary.
Paul is pointing our to us that when we come to Messiah everything changes. Messiah, Yeshua, Jesus, is the great unifier. Before He came the Jews were separated from the Gentiles—everyone who wasn’t Jewish—and were forbidden to even eat with them under the rules and prohibitions set by the Pharisee’s interpretation of the Mosaic law.
Now we hear something that most Jews and in fact everyone else for that matter who would hear it, must have wondered about.
Paul goes on to point out there is: not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free; but Christ is all, and in all.
In other words the lines of differentiation have been broken down. This declaration, in essence is a new dispensation and thus, it helps usher in the Church Age, which is the current dispensation of grace and mercy.
This is why the Good news, what we read in the first 4 books—of what we as Christians call The New Testament—is so profound, as it proclaims that Jesus is a God for all men and women.
While it might not seem like such a big deal to us living now, it was a really big deal to those living back then and hearing this concept brought forth for the first time.
We know that when the King returns He will heal the nations…. all the nations.
There is only one Messiah, only one who shed His blood to die for us. Only one who fulfilled the myriad of prophecies that foretold His birth and then His death.
His name is above all other names and in Him we find life and life more abundantly.
He breaks down the wall of ethnicity, hatred, prejudice and fear.
He is the one true unifier.
He is the one all mankind has been waiting for.
If you think you know Him but you don’t know Him, then you don’t know Him! What I mean by this is there are many folks who think they know who Yeshua/Jesus is but they don’t have a personal relationship with the Lord of our hearts.
He stands at the door of your heart and knocks and waits to be invited in.
He is bigger than our fears, and the burdens that we carry. He is the one who can set us free. He loves us, therefore we can learn to love one another. There is no separation between us…but he—Yeshua/Jesus—is all in all.