Bridges to NowhereMankind seems to know instinctively that we need some kind of bridge to get to God. We can feel the distance between us and the One who made us.

Maybe you are trying to discover what will get you to Him.

Acts 4:12 is one of the most defining, most bottom lining statements in the entire Bible. It tells about when the disciples of Jesus have just been talking about the name of Jesus Christ. It says, "Salvation is found in no one else. For there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved."

In our age of pluralism, tolerance, and eclectic spirituality, those are pretty loaded words about Jesus. We must be saved by His Name. We have the Protestant bridge to God - with good works that are supposed to take us to God, the Catholic bridge - with good Catholic things to do, the Jewish bridge, the Muslim bridge, the Buddhist bridge, the Hindu Bridge, and the bridge of New Age Spirituality. Our human nature wants to believe that all those bridges end up the same place with God.

Jesus is the one who defied our preferences when He made this incredible claim. He said "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me" ( John 14:6). In other words, even though all those religious bridges are beautiful, they're bridges to nowhere. This is because of what it is that stands between us and God. In simple words, it's a death penalty.

We are told in the Bible that the wages of sin is death. All of us have missed the way we were created to live. We've hijacked our lives from our Creator, we've run our lives our way, and the penalty is death. You can't pay a death penalty by any amount of being good. There's only one way. Someone has to die, and someone did, but not the one who deserved to die for our sin. We should have.

The Bible says, "Christ died for our sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that He might bring us to God" (1 Peter 3:18). Out of His amazing love, Jesus, God's sinless Son, did the dying for the sinning we did. While there are many religions, there is only one Savior. Only He can take me across that gap between me and my Creator.

Everything depends on what you do with Jesus. It may be that you've been on a spiritual bridge trying to find a relationship with God, but it's been a bridge to nowhere. Right now God, who loves you so much, is pointing you to the bridge He built to bring you to Him - It's the cross where His One and only Son paid your death penalty. The bridge God has provided cost Him what mattered most to Him - His Son. Don't depend on any other bridge. They will be bridges to nowhere.

            

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