The Bridge Back

Duane Vander Klok

For there is no difference; for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed, to demonstrate at the present time His righteousness, that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.
Romans 3:22-26

As a believer, your faith in Jesus is built on His death and resurrection. But how much do you know about what His blood and sacrifice represents in your life? It is difficult to have faith in something you do not know! Colossians 1:20 says, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross. The “blood shed on the cross” refers to everything Jesus did from his death, burial, resurrection, and ascension.

When sin came into the world through Adam and Eve, our perfect relationship with God was cut off – we were separated from Him by sin. But the blood of Jesus paid the price so that we could be reconciled to our Father and brought back to Him. Think of it this way: the blood of Jesus – His death and resurrection – built a bridge over a great chasm of sin and death that allowed us to have direct access to our Heavenly Father once again! Jesus’s sacrifice made peace between God and man.

God wants to have a relationship with you; He wants to be known by you and be a part of your daily life. If you have not invited Him into your life, but want to know Him more, you can invite Him in with this prayer:
“God, I believe Jesus died on the cross, I believe His blood paid for my sins, and I believe He rose again. I give Him all of my heart and all of my life. I hold nothing back, and as You help me, I will live for Jesus every day. I receive the forgiveness Jesus purchased for me. I thank you my past is gone, that I am your child, a part of your family today and forever. In Jesus’ name, amen.”