You were lost, without God, without hope. But now you belong to Christ Jesus, and though you once were far away from God, now you have been brought very near to him because of what Jesus Christ has done for you with his blood. Ephesians 2:12-13
It became known as “the bridge that couldn’t be build.” Farsighted engineers had dreamed for decades about a bridge that would span the Golden Gate Strait, the channel linking San Francisco Bay to the Pacific Ocean. Beautiful as San Francisco might have been, it was dependent on ferry boats for its livelihood. Those who dreamed of a bridge linking the San Francisco peninsula with Marin County were opposed by a host of experts who claimed it couldn’t be done. The 6,700 foot strait was too wide and too deep. Currents and tides were too strong, and when you considered the sudden winds and thick blankets of fog, the whole idea was too dangerous, too costly and virtually impossible.
Yet, after decades of debate the project was launched in January 1933, and completed four years later in May 1937. Today the graceful orange span is one of America’s most familiar and beloved landmarks.
Another beloved bridge is the emotional connection between people that acts as a bridge connecting their lives. Last January when I traveled to San Francisco to see the famous Golden Gate Bridge and ended up bridging a connection with a cousin that had been severed for 35 years with no communication. The bridge that tethered our childhood relationship had been deeply broken by lies and in need of repair. I can’t imagine a more symbolic place to start rebuilding our relationship.
The Bible makes it clear that the relationship bridge between God and man has been completely shattered by sin. The Bible says, “Your iniquities have separated you from your God…”The gap between a hold God and sinful men and women was too wide, too far, and too deep. From all appearances, it was the bridge that couldn’t be built. How could God ever span such a gap?
Jesus, the Son of God, became the bridge. On the cross, He gave His life to save us from eternal separation from God. Jesus Christ is the bridge to eternal life. We could have never created a way to bridge the terrible distance between us on our own. I am so grateful God didn’t think it a distance “impossible” to bridge.