First Things @ First

Pastoral Perspectives,

I ran across a story the other day that told of two men standing beside a road holding a sign that read, 'Turn around before it's too late!' One driver went by in a truck, assumed they were gospel preachers, and yelled profanities at them. In a moment the men heard screeching brakes and a loud crash. One of the men turned to the other and asked, 'do you think we should change the sign to just say that the old bridge is out?'

That story sums up what sin did to man's relationship to God. Sin took the access to God out and all who travel the road of life need to know that. The good news is, God has provided a new bridge to span the chasm that sin caused.

Scripture tells us in 1 Timothy 2:4-6 that God desires "all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God and one Mediator between God and man, the Man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time."

The Apostle Paul's imagery of Jesus being our bridge to God is critical for our understanding in being saved from the devastating destruction of sin. For a bridge to be sound and safe to cross, it must first be anchored to each side of the chasm it provides access over. Jesus anchored Himself to the Holiness of God on one side and then anchored Himself to humanity on the other in coming to this earth and identifying with those He came to save, yet without sin. As sinners we need someone to 'bridge the gap' that exists between the holiness of God and the sinfulness of man. Jesus is the only bridge available. He is the only way, the only means of access to avoid the certainty of death on the road of life. John 14:6

In having access to God through Christ, we bear testimony to others traveling the road of life that there is danger ahead without a bridge. We must warn them to turn around (repent) before it's too late or they will certainly perish! Like the driver of the truck in that story, most may not listen, but that is no excuse to not let them know.

That remains the message and our ministry to the world in being willing to say, 'the old bridge is out,' turn around before it's too late. #Mission365

In the words of Fanny J. Crosby who penned the hymn--'Rescue the Perishing'-

'Rescue the perishing, care for the dying, snatch them in pity from sin and the grave. Weep o'er the erring one, lift up the fallen, tell them of Jesus the mighty to save!'

True and timeless words regarding God's work through each of us.

Let's be a part of warning some passersby and saving some lives this week!

For His name's sake,

Pstr K

Hebrews 10:35-36