“The Preaching of Peace” Ephesians 2:11-22
The 9th Sunday after Pentecost (B) 7/22/18
Pastor Mark H. Hein, St. Paul’s Ev. Lutheran Church, Lockport, IL
“And he came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near.” (Ephesians 2:17)
The “he” is Jesus. The “you” refers to far more than the first recipients of this apostolic letter – Paul writing to the Christians at Ephesus some 1,960 years ago.
The “you” refers to Jew and Gentile alike, the circumcised and the uncircumcised down throughout the ages.
The “you” refers to all men and women, all teenagers and children of every race, color and ethnic origin. Yes, the “you” … refers to YOU… and to me… to us who once were far off, once lost and condemned creatures.