Open to me the gates of righteousness; I will go through them, and I will praise the Lord. This is the gate of the Lord, through which the righteous shall enter (Psalm 118:19-20).
When I was very young, cowboys were a boy’s heroes. I had cowboy sheets, a pillowcase, and pjs.
My sister and I shared the attic as a bedroom. Not that either of us cared, but our mom did her best to give us each our own space. She hung a piece of fabric down the center of the room from a line of string, effectively separating my “room” from Serina’s. My side of the “wall” was cowboys. It may have only been a hanging sheet for a wall, but it served its purpose.
Walls come in different shapes and sizes and materials, all of which do two things: they keep something out and they keep something else in. Walls are necessary to keep out cold weather, dangerous predators, but also work to keep the things we value contained in a secure place. Walls can also create isolation and separation.
When Jesus came, He broke down the wall of sin that separated a holy God from an unholy people. Through His death on the cross, He broke down the wall of separation and became gates of righteousness so that “ain’ts” are born again as “saints”.
He set free a Samaritan woman trapped behind the wall of her past. He liberated a thieving tax collector. He took a few dunder-headed fishermen and made them fishers of men. Even a thief on a cross was released to join Him in Paradise.
Jesus breaks those walls of sin still today for all those who come to Him through faith.
If the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed (John 8:36).