Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth and the life." (John 14:6)
A bridge is a perfect way to illustrate the power of the gospel
The picture shows two BASE jumpers floating safely after jumping from the Perrine Bridge, a fall of 486 feet. They did so, not as a blind leap of faith, but as a calculated risk, trusting in their parachutes and the physics behind their equipment. Faith in God is not a blind leap of faith, as some suggest. Trust in God is a calculated decision based on the evidences of creation, our own conscience and the spiritual persons we are. All of us were created in the image of God, and long for the things that are inherently a part of our God given nature. We long for peace, purpose, security and love. We grasp for these things in our immediate senses, such as love in relationships, peace in being in control, purpose in searching for our identities in what we do. What we are not aware of is that there is a problem that separates us from finding these things in a true and lasting way. This is what the Bible calls sin.
Jesus Christ came to bridge the gap between where we are, and what we were made for. He, as a human being, experienced everything we experience in this life. Physical, emotional and psychological needs were all things He experienced in His life. The Bible teaches, however, that Jesus was not just a man, but that He was God in human form, that He came from God to represent God to us, and us to God. By living a perfect life of obedience, overcoming all the temptations and obstacles common to all people, He fulfilled His destiny by dying on the cross as a sin offering on our behalf.
The result of His death and resurrection from the dead is that God is able and very willing to bring reconciliation to any and all who will abandon themselves to Him in trusting faith. Through Jesus Christ, God can and does restore, forgive, cleanse and reconcile. The result is the true peace, purpose, security and love that we all long for.
The bridge is there. Will you cross over it?
How Can a person cross the bridge to life?
- Agree with God's testimony that you are a sinner and in need of forgiveness and reconciliation. To confess is to agree with what God has said regarding our condition. Ephesians 2:1-8 explains our condition and God's solution.
- Believe in Jesus Christ as God's Son and Savior. Romans 10:9-10.
- Commit your life to Jesus Christ as Lord, trusting that as you follow Him He will lead you to a completely new life. Colossians 2:6-7.
Faith is like crossing the bridge. You must actually trust that it will hold you from danger, and you must commit yourself to it before it can serve its purpose. Likewise, believing in Jesus is not simply acknowledging He exists, it is committing yourself to Him as an act of your will. It means being willing to face the changes this will cause in your life and not turning back in fear of difficulty.