Tear Down This Wall!

Twenty-five years ago yesterday (June 12, 1987), President Ronald Reagan stood in front of the Brandenburg Gate of the Berlin wall. Reagan was in route to Italy, but stopped in Berlin to call Mikhail Gorbachev to destroy the Berlin Wall–a symbol of communist oppression. Reagan said, …

We welcome change and openness; for we believe that freedom and security go together, that the advance of human liberty can only strengthen the cause of world peace. There is one sign the Soviets can make that would be unmistakable, that would advance dramatically the cause of freedom and peace. General Secretary Gorbachev, if you seek peace, if you seek prosperity for the Soviet Union and eastern Europe, if you seek liberalization, come here to this gate. Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate. Mr. Gorbachev, Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall! (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tear_down_this_wall!)

It took more than two years for this to happen. But, it did happen (November 9, 1989). The wall was torn down. Freedom was given to East Germany.

The Bible speaks of a wall that was torn down. It’s that wall that kept the Gentiles from salvation. Before the coming of Christ, Gentiles were “separate from Christ, excluded from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world” (Ephesians 2:12). But, with the coming of Christ, believing Gentiles have been “brought near by the blood of Christ” (Ephesians 2:13). Jesus Christ “broke down the barrier of the dividing wall” (Ephesians 2:14), which means that the Gentiles are now able to enjoy the salvation of God!

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