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The Cross: Bridging the Gap Between God and Man (Pilgrim’s Progress According to the Bible #6)

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TEXT: Colossians 1:19-22

In our last message, Christian was in the house of the Interpreter who was giving him various demonstrations of what he could anticipate as he began his walk with Christ. After this time of teaching and explanation, Christian left the house and began his journey, still burdened down by sin, once again. He went on until he came to the very place that he had been seeking since he set out from the City of Destruction. He came to the cross.

Saint Augustine declared, ‘God made us for Himself, and our hearts are restless, until they find rest in Him.’ Every person who is not saved will at one time or another experience this restlessness of heart and soul. I know that I did when I was not saved. Even though I was raised in the church, I did not have a real relationship with God, and I knew deep down that something was missing in my life. Many people have felt the same way. They often try to fill this gap with wealth, success, relationships, sex, crime, education, and a variety of other things. But all of it eventually fails, and they have to admit that they are still not fulfilled, they are still not complete, they are still not whole.

One of the most successful and beloved comedians in history, Joan Rivers, died this week. Even though she was 81 years old, her mind was still sharp, and she was at the top of her game. She was booked with engagements all the way through this year and into next year. She seemed to have it all. Yet, many people like her, with similar success and status, often find that they are still not fulfilled — that something is still missing in their life.

Very briefly, today, I want to share with you the reason and the remedy for this condition, and how all of this centers around the cross.

1. The curse of sin. Our passage tells us that Jesus had to make “peace through the blood of his cross.” The opposite of peace is war, conflict, enmity, or discord. Jesus Christ had to make peace between man and God because man and God were on opposite sides of a conflict. This conflict came about because of sin.

2. Complete salvation. Our passage states, “For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell; And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself.” God set about to bridge the divide between Himself and His Creation. He knew that because we were sinners, imperfect, unholy, and destined for eternal punishment in Hell, He would have to provide a way of salvation in totality.

3. Our current standing. Turning once more to our passage, we find these words: “you that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, now hath he reconciled in the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight.” On the cross, Jesus Christ bridged the gap between man and God.

Ultimately, what is missing in the world today is more people who enjoy a relationship in which they have been reconciled to God. People pursue morality, happiness, pleasure, joy, doing good deeds, and so many other things thinking that they can find what is missing in their life. But, what is missing for them is the same thing that Adam and Eve lost in the Garden of Eden — a relationship with God.

Yes, God is a judge and we are guilty before Him. But God is also a loving Creator, who does not like the separation that has come between Him and his children We need forgiveness and justification. We need reconciliation and restoration. All of this is provided at the cross where Jesus Christ bridged the gap between man and God.

MUSICAL SELECTION: “Every Praise” by Hezekiah Walker and “No Sweeter Name” by Kari Jobe