Monday, April 8, 2024

A Bridge to God - Martin Wiles

a bridge to God
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 one thousand years. Schools closed, emergency personnel emerged, and National Guard members went on call. Some areas received over twenty inches of rain. One member of a road repair crew was swept away in his vehicle as the bridge he crossed disappeared beneath him.

Counties and cities place bridges strategically because they need them. 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: to get people or goods to the other side.

Often when a bridge is out, an alternate route exists to reach a 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 he was the only way to God—the only bridge. Good works won’t take us across the bridge, no matter how meritorious they are. Not enough good works exist to place God under obligation to save us. Knowledge of his existence—and even his Word—won’t help us traverse the bridge either. The demons—and Satan himself—know this as well. Having affection for God doesn’t work either. And we surely can’t buy our way there.

God has designed that nothing short of faith in Jesus’ death and resurrection will enable us to bridge the gap with him. All other efforts will cause the bridge beneath us to collapse.

Make sure you are crossing a reliable bridge in your journey to God.

Father, I acknowledge Jesus Christ as the only bridge to you. 

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