God has built the bridge that has changed our lives.
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“For there is only one God and one Mediator who can reconcile God and humanity–
the man Christ Jesus.”
1 Timothy 2:5 New Living Translation
I have crossed many bridges in my life from the eight mile Mackinac bridge to this tiny footbridge across a drainage ditch at Holy Cross. No matter how long these bridges are, they all make it possible to reach destinations that would be difficult or impossible to reach otherwise.
Paul acknowledges what we feel, that there is a chasm between God and people. That chasm cannot be crossed by mortals. Our rebellion against God and his claim on our lives has created this chasm.
We would be hopelessly stranded in our sin had God not bridged the gap. God reaches out to humanity. God reaches out to you. You are not hopelessly separated from God.
Yet, there are times in our lives that we feel isolated from God. Our prayers go unanswered. Our efforts to live godly lives has had few positive results. We feel trapped and experience only God’s silence.
The brokenness of this world still exists. There is sorrow, suffering and sadness, but God’s “bridge” hasn’t move. God still comes to us even in the sadness, suffering and sorrow of life.
We ‘re often mistaken about this bridge. God built this bridge not that we might cross over to him but that he might cross over to us. For that reason this Bridge is named as a man, Christ Jesus. He is still the bridge of God to humanity.
Copyright Douglas P Brauner