“For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all people. This has now been witnessed to at the proper time” (1 Tim 2:5-6).
We find freedom in Jesus. There’s nothing better in life than being freed from our sins. That moment when the burdens are lifted from your shoulders! Grace received! Priceless! The only way to experience that freedom is to cast our sins on Jesus.
“Because of this oath, Jesus has become the guarantor of a better covenant. Now there have been many of those priests, since death prevented them from continuing in office; but because Jesus lives forever, he has a permanent priesthood. Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them” (Hebrews 7:20-25).
Did you know that the word for “priest” in Latin is pontifex which means “bridge builder”? Jesus is the bridge builder from humans to God. If we want to get to God, we must cross over the bridge Jesus has built. There’s no other bridge over the troubled waters of trespasses and sin that separate us from God. We can only get safely to the other side by grace through faith in Jesus. But this bridge is a strong and mighty bridge.
“Such a high priest truly meets our need—one who is holy, blameless, pure, set apart from sinners, exalted above the heavens. Unlike the other high priests, he does not need to offer sacrifices day after day, first for his own sins, and then for the sins of the people. He sacrificed for their sins once for all when he offered himself. For the law appoints as high priests men in all their weakness; but the oath, which came after the law, appointed the Son, who has been made perfect forever” (Hebrews 7:26-28).
Jesus offered up himself as the sacrifice for once and for all. God’s grace through Jesus is the bridge builder that makes it possible for each and every one of us to be united with God and bask in His loving presence. Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. Jesus is the key to eternal life.
The bridge of grace is ready. We just need to be willing to use it. If you have a need for forgiveness, an urge to commune with God and bask in his grace, don’t waste another minute. Let the other people wait if they insist. But you, don’t delay. Cross the bridge. God’s grace is waiting.
Rob Cochrane received his B.S in Biblical Counseling from Crossroads Bible College in Indianapolis. He is a member of the Association of Biblical Counselors.