Thursday, June 13, 2002
I’ve done some time at that infamous prison called Alcatraz. I was there about, let’s see, four, five, six hours. Yeah, I was there with a group of young people, originating our youth broadcast from that island that’s in the middle of San Francisco Bay. After we spent about six hours in the confinement of that penitentiary, man, we went outside! There was the skyline of San Francisco, the majestic Golden Gate Bridge, the sparkling waters of the Bay. One of the teenage guys with us made an interesting observation as he looked back at the prison. He said, "Just a wall. It was just a wall keeping them from all this good stuff."
I'm Ron Hutchcraft and I want to have A Word With You today about “The Wall Is Gone.”
There are so many good things that God wants to do in your life. He’s got love, peace and meaning that you’ve been looking for maybe your whole life. But there’s this wall. And it’s keeping you from so much God wants to give you.
You can probably tell there’s something between you and your Creator. We can almost feel the wall, the disconnection, the distance. The Bible explains that wall in Isaiah 59:2 when it says, “Your iniquities (that’s every wrong thing you’ve ever done) have separated you from your God.” We were supposed to do our life God’s way. We’ve done what we wanted instead. And because of that, there is a wall between us and the God we were made for. If that wall is there when we take our last breath, it is there forever. And the Bible calls that hell.
But that's what makes our word for today from the Word of God so dramatic. It’s about the wall coming down. For centuries, God’s temple had at its core, a place called the Holy of Holies, it was the place where the Jewish High Priest alone could go, and only once a year. He brought the blood sacrifice to atone for the nation’s sins. But no other man could go beyond the curtain that blocked off the Presence of a sinless God. Now notice in Matthew 27:50-51, what happens the moment Jesus dies on the cross.
“When Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, He gave up His spirit. At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom.” Top to bottom – that means God Himself tore open the curtain – the wall, if you will – that separated mankind from Him. Jesus had paid the death penalty for the sinning you and I have done – so we don’t ever to have to have a wall between us and God again.
The day the Germans tore down the Berlin Wall, 100,000 people chanted four words in the city square – "The wall is gone! The wall is gone!" You could say that today – about the wall that’s separated you from God all these years. If you’ll put all your trust in the only One who can take that wall down – Jesus, He died to remove it. That means abandoning all your trust in your religion, your goodness, any other hope and saying,"Jesus, you’re my only hope. And I'm Yours, beginning right here and right now."
If you're ready for that wall to come down, to put your life in Jesus' hands, would you tell Him that right now? And I’d love to send you the booklet, “Yours For Life,” that I wrote about beginning this personal relationship with Jesus. Just let me know that you want it.
Tonight, when your head hits the pillow, you will be able to say for the very first time in your life – "The wall is gone!"