We saw yesterday how Jesus breaks down the animosity between people and how He becomes our peace with one another. Today we see that, in Christ, God is bringing His children together in order to bring them near to Himself. That is why Paul says that God was “reconciling us both to God in one body through the cross.” (v. 16) We are told something here that is a little jarring. What is it? That we are naturally hostile to God. That is why Jesus had to come and kill the hostility on the cross. (v. 16) This is a hard truth to swallow, but we need to listen to what God is saying: “You come into this world naturally hostile to Me”. We all have rooms of our heart and life that we prefer for God to simply stay out of. There is a “Keep Out” sign on the door. Doesn’t that sound like hostility? For some people who are far from God the “Keep Out” sign is very clearly displayed on the front lawn and front door of their house. Others are more polite about it. You can only see the “Keep Out” sign as you get close enough to the house to notice the little label next to the doorbell. But make no mistake, the hostility is there. Jesus would not have come if it weren’t. That is why we have been given the task of “preaching peace”. (v. 17) Have you thought of yourself as preacher of peace? You know how the natural hostility that men and women have toward God can be overcome. You know how people can be transformed from enemies to children. You know how we can truly have peace with God. You know that the same Spirit that raised Jesus to life on Easter is active today to give life to anyone who will turn from his hostility and call upon Jesus. Lord, help me to preach peace today.