But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ.
Bridging the Chasm
The Grand Canyon in Northern Arizona is one of the largest canyons in the world. At its widest point, the Grand Canyon is 18 miles across. Its depth is over 5,000 feet. There is a great chasm between each side.
Imagine a group of people standing on one side. They are burdened by sin, brokenness, and spiritual death. On the other side of the canyon stands Jesus and his holiness and perfection. But because of the great distance, the people cannot come to Jesus.
And so Jesus goes to them. He leaves behind his glory in heaven, and he humbles himself to become a human. He steps into the treacherous terrain of the chasm, a chasm caused by sin. Jesus faces the separation, the pain, and the darkness that sin has caused.
As Jesus walks through the chasm, he endures separation from his heavenly Father, becoming not just far away; but cut off from God. The weight of the world’s sins rests on Jesus’ shoulders as he hangs on the cross. The great chasm between us and God is filled with the sacrificial love and grace of Jesus. He gives his life on the cross, and the blood Jesus sheds becomes the bridge across the chasm.
That’s what the apostle Paul meant when he wrote the words of our Bible reading for today. He wrote, “But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ.” What great news! Through Jesus, we are at peace with God and members of his family.
When you are feeling all alone, remember God is with you. When you feel the guilt of your sins and are sure God must want nothing to do with you, remember what Jesus did to forgive those sins so that God wants everything to do with you.
Lord God, thank you for the gift of forgiveness bought by the blood of Jesus by which you bridged the chasm between you and me. Amen.