For centuries, there was hostility between Jews and Gentiles. Jews, proud of their position as God’s chosen people, would have nothing to do with the rest of the world; and many of the Gentile nations persecuted and even sought to exterminate the Jews. But in Christ Himself, we can find peace and reconciliation.
“For Christ Himself has brought peace to us,” Paul writes to the Ephesian believers. “He united Jews and Gentiles into one people when, in His own body on the cross, He broke down the wall of hostility that separated us. He did this by ending the system of law, with its commandments and regulations. He made peace between Jews and Gentiles by creating in Himself one new people from the two groups. Together as one body, Christ reconciled both groups to God by means of His death on the cross, and our hostility toward each other was put to death.” Ephesians 2 14-16 NLT.
“He is our peace,” as the King James version translates it. Christ went all the way to the cross, in order to bring peace between God and man. The Law never could bring men into perfect peace with God; Jesus Himself opened the door for men to have peace with God, setting aside the Law and making faith the one requirement for entrance. And as He brought peace with God to both Jews and Gentiles, He made peace between them as well.
In Christ, there is one people, one family, one Body, regardless of our national, religious, or personal histories. By His sacrifice, we now have peace with God, and peace with one another.