Have you ever heard of the Mackinac Bridge? It’s an architectural marvel that connects the upper and lower peninsulas of Michigan. Opened in 1957, the bridge spans five miles. The over 11,000 workers used over 1,000,000 bolts, nearly 1,000,000 tons of concrete, and 42,000 miles of cable wire to build the massive structure. It makes you wonder—Why would people give so much time, energy, and money just to build a bridge? Answer—Because sometimes connecting here to there is worth it.
Just ask Jesus. Jesus knew that sin pushed us apart from God. An eternal chasm separated his holy presence from our not-so-holy lives. That’s why Jesus became our bridge. Paul wrote, “The Lord Jesus Christ . . . gave himself for our sins to rescue us” (Galatians 1:3,4). Jesus didn’t give a few years of time or a few million bolts to bridge that gap. He gave himself. His very blood. His sacred life.
The result? You are rescued! Rescued from the land of darkness, from the land of shame, from the land of not being good enough for God. You no longer have to live in the land of worry or anxiety or fear that something will keep your Father far away, because Jesus gets you to God—to peace, to rest, to mercy, to love.
Building a bridge is no small task. But Jesus was willing to do the work so that your connection to God could start now and last forever.