Colossians 1:19-22 New International Version
19 For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, 20 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.
21 Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of[a] your evil behavior. 22 But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation—
What a gift of love, mercy and grace is God’s wonderful gift of salvation. Throw in forgiveness and we couldn’t ask for anything more.
When God instituted the Old Covenant, the blood of sacrificial animals was adequate for reconciliation.
However, something better was coming and when the time arrived in God’s master plan, He made a better way to get to Him.
On the cross of Calvary, Jesus was crucified shedding His blood for the sins of mankind and the New Covenant was ushered in.
Because of our sins, God’s master plan included the ultimate sacrifice of His Son, Jesus Christ.
Ephesians 1:6-7 New International Version
6 to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. 7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace
Sin Separates Us From God
If you have ever crossed a river bridge, you realize how necessary the bridge is to reach your destination. It allows us to cross wide rivers with speed, comfort and ease.
Spiritually speaking, sin has always separated mankind from God. In essence there is a gulf or chasm between sinful man and God.
What was needed was a way to be reconciled with Him.
The Bridge Between Us And God
The cross became that bridge.
The cross of Calvary and the blood of Jesus allows us to be reconciled with God. Through the saving blood of Jesus, we are cleansed and made righteous in the sight of our God.
God, the master builder has built the bridge that leads to Him. He provided a bridge which we can traverse with ease and with no toll.
Have you crossed that bridge in your life, making your way to God? If not, please consider this today.