At [the moment when Jesus died,] the curtain in the sanctuary of the Temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. The earth shook, rocks split apart, and tombs opened. The bodies of many godly men and women who had died were raised from the dead. They left the cemetery after Jesus' resurrection, went into the holy city of Jerusalem, and appeared to many people.
— Matthew 27:51-53 NLT
There comes a time when God has to do something dramatic to help get it through people's hard heads and hard hearts that they just don't get it. Jesus came to fulfill all that Judaism was intended to mean. Jesus came to bring all the blessings that God had promised to bring. Jesus came to save all those who are willing to come to him and be saved.
Jesus' life and death bring the dawning of a new age and a new covenant and the fulfillment of God's promises to his people. Jesus doesn't want any barriers between people, especially racial ones and religious ones.* He wants us to come to him and find unity in his lordship.
The time is now. The Good News must triumph so all people can come to feast at God's table and enjoy the blessings of his salvation.
Forgive me God, when I have let my own prejudices, narrow-mindedness, or hard heart block me from having active and ongoing fellowship with other believers. I know Jesus came and brought something fresh and new and that all peoples need it. Please help me see, and then act on, those special moments of opportunity to bless others in Jesus' name and bring them closer to you! In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen.