Wednesday, June 29, 2016

A Bridge to God - Martin Wiles

That is why we have a great High Priest who has gone to heaven, Jesus the Son of God. Let us cling to him and never stop trusting him. Hebrews 4:14 NLT

Dams burst, bridges crumbled, interstates closed, and roads washed away. 

October 3-4, 2015, was a historic weekend in South Carolina. A low pressure system moving through the Southeastern section of the country tapped into moisture from a hurricane off the Eastern coast, providing the ideal setup for floodwaters not seen in 1,000 years. Schools were closed, emergency personnel called out, and National Guard members activated. Some areas received over 20 inches of rain. One member of a road repair crew was swept away in his vehicle as the bridge he crossed disappeared beneath him. 

Bridges are placed strategically because they are needed. Transportation departments work rigorously to ensure their dependability since they cross bodies of water—some small and some not so small. Some perch only a few feet above the water they traverse while others languish hundreds of feet above the canyons they cross. Regardless of how long or high they are, their purpose is clear: they help us get to the other side. 

Often when a bridge is out, there is an alternate route to reach my destination. Not so with God. The author maintains Jesus is our High Priest who has bridged the gap to God. Sin created the gap long ago when Adam and Eve chose to disobey the one restriction God placed upon them. Their descendants have suffered the consequences of their bad choice—all being born with a bent toward sin. 

Jesus said of Himself that He was the only way to God—the only bridge. Good works won’t take me across the bridge, no matter how meritorious they are. There aren’t enough good works to place God under obligation to save me. Knowledge of His existence—and even His Word, won’t help me traverse the bridge either. The demons—and Satan himself, know it as well. Having affection for Him doesn’t work either. And I surely can’t buy my way there. 

God has designed that nothing short of faith in His Son’s death and resurrection will enable me to bridge the gap to Him. All other efforts will cause the bridge beneath me to collapse. 

Are you crossing a reliable bridge in your journey to God?

Prayer: Father, we acknowledge Jesus Christ as the only bridge to You. 

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