Jesus: The Bridge to Life
Christ died for sins, once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. 1 Peter 3:18
On Good Friday we celebrate Jesus’ death. It might seem strange to “celebrate” a gruesome execution, but when we understand what Jesus accomplished for us it makes perfect sense.
In the beginning God made us for close relationship with himself – to enjoy life to the full and receive all the blessings that come from His wise and loving hand. Sadly however, each and every one of us has rebelled against God. We’re all guilty.
We all fail to live up to God’s perfect standard. In this state we are separated from God – condemned by him and sentenced to death and destruction. On our own it is impossible for us to do anything to bridge the gap between us and God.
Jesus however came from God to rescue us. Out of love and sheer mercy, God the eternal Son became one of us. He lived the perfect life we could never live.
Yet on Good Friday he died the death we all deserve to die. He took our sin on his shoulders and paid our price for us. He was forsaken so we could be forgiven!
This is the wonderful news of the gospel. God offers us a new start in life. If we turn to Jesus and personally receive him as God in our lives, his death is applied to us. God forgives us and accepts us. We are reconciled to God, declared to be right with him, adopted into his family and given the promise of eternal life. He even gives us his Holy Spirit to live in us and change us from the inside.
Jesus bridges the gap between us and God. Through Jesus we now have access to God, to relationship with him and to life as it was always meant to be.