Jesus is always drawing us to Himself. The Bible says that when He is lifted up, He will draw all men to Himself. When He is the center of attention and the center of focus, we will be drawn to Him.
But today's reading doesn't just tell us that. It tells us about something else that happens when Jesus is in the center of it all.
Listen to what Paul writes today in Ephesians.
In Jesus, those that were far off have been brought near, for He is our peace.
But, it isn't just that we are brought near to God and given peace with God, it's this.
We are brought together. We are one. We can be one. We can be be at peace, not just with God, but with each other.
That's God's will for us, that's God's hope for us. Peace with God. Peace with each other. The wall of hostility has been broken down.
We can come together. With God. With each other.
When Jesus is in the center of all it. When we are in the center, when we are in the middle when our stuff is in the forefront, peace is hard to find.
When Jesus is in the center, He is our peace.
Today, may we live in peace with our forgiving, loving, merciful God.
And through Jesus, may we come together. We we live in peace. May He bind us to one another. May we be one. For when He is lifted up, He will draw us all to Himself.
May we come together. As Christians. As churches. As believers. May we come together. And may we live in God's peace.