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The Cross: Our Bridge to God

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August 16, 2022 12:00 am

The Cross: Our Bridge to God

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August 16, 2022 12:00 am

God Himself has provided a way across the divide between God and mankind.

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Nonempty intense podcast for child family for Tuesday, August 16 with God's will for your life. Let's begin a theory that will help you understand and embrace the foundation of the Christian will talk about of this message is a brick I will talk about a bridge that is very ancient and very modern one that crosses the chasm, unlike anything else that exists. It has nothing to do with how much weight that goes over and it was never built by human hands. When you turn if you will to John chapter 14 John chapter 14, Jesus is in the upper room and I believe personally for me personally, at least some of most precious things if not the most precious things he said he told his disciples the night before he was going to be crucified is how he begins with the passage itself enables ability where he says do not let your heart be troubled. Believe in God believe also in me.

In my father's house are many dwelling places of mansions if it were not so I would've told you brought go to prepare a place for you if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to myself, that where I am, there you may be also. And you know the way where I'm going. Thomas said to him, Lord, we'll know where you're going, how do we know the way and then Jesus made this statement.

I am the way, the truth and the life.

No one. No one comes to the father but by me is that I'm the way the only way the truth the only truth about God, the only truth of God, and he says I am the light.

I am the only life that is eternal. What in the world and he made he made a profound statement in just those few words but one that should be a warning to people who looking for some other way to get to God.

A statement that is a comfort and a wonderful assurance to all of us who know the way to our heavenly father. So I would like to talk about this message is simply this, the time of this message is the cross our bridge to God. Now we ask ourselves the question what you mean by that, I would simply begin missing.

Missing this. What is it that must be bridged in a person's life before they can get to God what is it that must be bridged before we can get to God.

Well, if you turn to Romans chapter 5 for a moment just what you discover.

God doesn't leave us without information and truth about everything we need to know about is what he said, he says, for example, the 12 verse of the fifth chapter of Romans. Therefore, just as through one man, Adam Sandler entered into the world and as a result of that death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all of us of sin. The problem is universal. The problem is sin asked and we came into this world with a sinful nature we all have had to deal with that one where the other. Some people deal with it. Many people choose not to deal with it and many people do not even know that's the problem.

What they are looking at estates they will. This deed was wrong and that deed is wrong and this need is wrong and after all those needs may be wrong to look at all the good things are done and therefore my good deeds certainly outweigh my evil deeds and because my good needs outweigh my evil deeds than certainly God is going to accept me well know, that's human rationalization, that's not what God says and so what I want you to see is this the issue here is that oftentimes a person does not understand what happens when sin begins the work in our life. What we do is, as we yield to those evil desires.

When a person is living in sin.

They reject the moral law of God. When a person is living in sin. They reject the gracious invitation of God's forgiveness. When a person is living in sin, they reject God's all wise plan for their lights on simply asking this question have you ever said to the God God.

I want your plan for my life.

I want what you want.

I want what you will for my life have you decide to live your life the way you want to live in the what you want to do when you want to do it has ever come a time in your life and your life is been absolute transform.

As a result, that is your life is not the sinful life that is not the practice of your life.

Now sin in your life means that you're acting out of character to all of us who place their trust in Jesus Christ as our Savior sin in our life means were acting out of character because characterizes living obedient and holy before God. Sin is serious business. God hates sin because he knows what it does to the center. So the question first was what is this chasm that that must be bridge and the chasm is sin because it is separate us and alienated us from God, but that leads me to a second question I was to think about. That's this, the question is simply this. Why is the bridge necessary is what it is you listen carefully statement the holiness of God. The holiness of God is the reason God can't say well okay God send out a decree of the soul that's needed to chill down the wages of sin is death.

In order for God to say well we don't forget at this time. Well, nobody's perfect with me that God had violated his own law and how could you and I ever believe him again about anything if he ever violates one of his promises. If you have avails that listen to live up to his own decrees and laws, it's against God's very character to live out the change his principles and the change is laws that apply to human life when it affects a person's eternity is absolutely totally beyond his character. He doesn't think that way so therefore we have to ask is this in light of this, what has happened as a result of man's sin man because sin has alienated men from God because sin and holiness are absolutely totally separable and can never be compatible 16. You cannot walk in the will of God and walk in sin. At the same time we all have to make choices. I either choose to walk in the will of God choose to walk in sin either choose to be obedient to God choose to rebel against God. I can't live in rebellion and obedience at the same time and so what sin is not its alienated us from God. And this big chasm is a result model of my sin. But the fact that God is absolutely holy. Listen carefully. No one will ever understand the cross until first of all, they understand the holiness of God. Why would a loving God send his only begotten son into this world with the shame and the persecution and the hurt and all the rest and have him nailed with spikes on the tree that is on the cross and have him almost totally naked in all the shame and all the accusations in the condemnation of why would God do that to his only begotten son if he is a God of love because God is a holy God.

Until a person understands that the holiness of God. They will never understand what the cross is all about and why it had to be so when you look at the Scriptures and you ask yourself the question, Jesus made a statement. He said I am the way the truth and the life no man comes to the father but by me.

Why did he say that because there's only one way do you mean to tell me that there's only one way on a one-way and so will we have to ask is this.

If this chasm is my sin and if the reason for this bridge is the holiness of God is what that says it leaves me in a very helpless condition because it God is holy and I'm sinful. How do I get from our sinful condition to this holy God. How do I get his acceptance. How do I get his forgiveness. How do I get my name written in the Lamb's book of life. How do I get to heaven when I die, I mean how do I well that brings us to what I want to say next.

Of all, and that is the question is, is what is the bridge. What is the bridge that crosses this chasm created by my sin and that separates me from God because of his holiness.

Here is what it is.

Listen carefully so you will forget the bridge is the cross of Jesus Christ to listen is not a piece of wood.

The bridge is not a piece of wood is the cross of Jesus Christ. Christ being crucified upon it. The cross is the only bridge from my sinful condition to holy God.

The only pathway the only bridge if there were any other way. Jesus would never have said I'm the way the truth and the life. No one comes to the father but by me. Now why is that true.

Listen carefully, God said the soul that's individual down the wages of sin is death.

Every single human being who's ever walked the face of this earth is a center. The only persons that awoke in the face of this earth was the person of Jesus Christ without sin. He was absolutely without sin tempted trot without sin. He is the Lamb of God without blemish. Therefore, how did God is the man can bridge this gap, God had to do God the father placed the sin debt of all of mankind upon his son Jesus Christ.

And when he died, he paid the penalty of sin is what he did listen he's satisfied God's requirement for the penalty of sin which was there. He died on the cross brought all of my sin and yours. Listen once and for all and he suffered the result of sin when he cried out to the father my God my God why have you forsaken me. Listen, he was separated from his father and experienced in that moment of time. A brief period of time what people would experience for all eternity.

When they die without Christ, so that God placed upon him all the sin of all mankind. Listen carefully, Jesus died in order that you and I may be forgiven of our sin.

Listen this now close in righteousness and brought into oneness with them. Listen, here's the chasm here's the gap holy God.

Sinful man, how they get together God bridge the gap.

He's the one who built he's the one who provided the bridge missing is not a toll bridge. I cannot pay my way across I cannot work my way across I can give my way across I can produce good deeds to get across. The only way I can get across is one way and the only way sinful man and a holy God can ever come together. Listen is some drawbridge where man does his part, God does his part.

Listen, this is the bridge that God only can provide in this sinless, perfect life of his son, who bore our sin on the cross shade is blood. That's why we sing about the cross, the way of the cross leads home for there's no other way and that is exactly why we emphasize the cross. That is exactly the message of the cross is God's divine eternal bridge from man sinful condition to a holy God to make it possible for us to live in a wonderful intimate run relationship with him. How do you get across that bridge is only one way repentance and faith. Now watch this repentance and faith are two sides of the same coin, so to speak. Missing this repentance means that I turn so that if I choose to turn to God. As a result of the convicting power of the Holy Spirit turned away from something. I turned around in order for me to turn the desire to turn out must believe that if I turn I must believe that Jesus Christ will forgive me of my sins. You can't separate repentance and faith that wants this repentance does not mean that I'm gonna stop doing all this sin and therefore if I stop all this, then God will except there's nothing to do with, not by works of righteousness, not by good intentions. He says listen, for by grace are you saved God's loving favorite daughters provided the cross. So, if not undertake this bridge to God that I must do is look to the cross.

This crucified Savior and acknowledge the fact that he died. From our sin accepted at listen accepted not only as a little fact but accepted it when application to my heart. God, I do believe that he died for my sin. Here is my sinful SMS you to forgive me from my sin. I'm trusting that his death at the cross paid my sin debt in full in the moment.

I say Lord Jesus. I receive is my personal savior in that moment, you are eternally saved. Now watch this carefully watch this now you listen statement because there many of you out here who would think is a well-known but suppose you telling me that once crossed the bridge once I give my life to Jesus Christ and then that takes care of it. Now suppose sin again only separated from God know because when he paid our sin debt.

He paid it all once and for all what descendent of sin makes me feel estranged from God. Sin grieves my heart. Sin grieves the heart of God is got to know that know what is. It is in the Holy Spirit to convict us what is he knew he sends whatever is necessary in our life in order to convict us to get us back on track and in his will. The longer we live outside the will of God. Once we save listen, you know what he does.

He just turns up the heat. Why because he loves us. That's the reason is that separate us from God. Note it damages our fellowship. We feel estranged from him know we lost no because he paid our sin debt in full once and for all my sheep hear my voice.

I know them in a problematic given the midterm life, they shall never perish. No one shall pluck them out of my hand, but father gave them to me. He doesn't say if and in but this is not all that listen. He closed his eyes and the righteousness of Christ. That's the reason you and I can have fellowship with God because he sees as listen he sees is under his blood. This is why Paul is in sight to the centers and current. The sin is in evidence. What does he say states noticing is one whose cross the bridge receive Jesus Christ as their personal savior cleansed of their sin, set apart by God for God sanctified by God as his children. We are walking in obedience to God. Listen we were walking in character. Sin alienates those that the holiness of God. The sinfulness of man is separated from God. Jesus Christ cross at Calvary. Listen with that he do he. But he bridge the gap. He made it possible. Not only listen first to be forgiven of our sin, but to have fellowship with and love him and read and be loved in return clothed in the righteousness of Christ.

That's why even after you and I sin, and he forgives us wipes it away.

Listen, it was all purchased at Calvary in one event so that you know what watch this Karen I go, you misunderstand, he says if we confess our sins he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. When you not come to him. We confess our sins, was that my confession does not make me forgiven his death makes me forgiven. I'm just acknowledging my mistake I'm acknowledging my sinfulness. At that moment is the blood of Jesus. I'm telling you. Sin is serious business now is of God because man sinfulness and the holiness of God is created. This awesome gap between man you want to go to heaven get on the bridge.

Once the ridge trusting Jesus Christ as your personal savior for your sins and accepting him as the lord and master of your life. Once you do that is safe from his license to sin. No, it is motivation holy living. That's what it's all about, clothed in the righteousness of Christ.

That's what you going reasonably with you since the presence of God. You sense his presence. The warmth of his presence. The intimacy of his presence forgetting saying, praise the Lord be since God's presence and power. Why because he looks upon as his clothes and his righteousness as his children who were growing and stumbling and falling and growing and confessing and repenting and growing and growing and growing in our faith.

That's the reason Frank will not only audibly we not already going to be, but thank God we're not what we used to be, by the grace of Almighty God, we had two choices.

You can remain in you soon and not be lost forever. Listen, you can turn to the cross and say God I never understood quite this way, but I won't ask you to forgive me of my sin. I do believe that when Jesus died, he paid in full. I accept Jesus Christ as my personal savior, which means I'm trusting my whole eternal future God of what you said my friend. I can tell you this, you will never be disappointed in Jesus and father, we thank you, praise, bless you worship you door you for sending your only begotten son, that the cross be exalted, and upon the cross, your Savior, even exalted more than all of her line holiness and righteousness would be what we desire to walk again. In Jesus name, amen. Thank you for listening to the cross our braids to God. If you like to know more about eternal family for intense ministry that OIG had casted the presentation in touch ministries Atlanta, Georgia

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