One of the most important questions in life is: Who is Jesus to you? The answer to that question shapes our life and destiny like no other. Christians believe that Jesus is the son of God, our Lord and Savior.
There is one God and one mediator between God and humanity, the human Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a payment to set all people free. (1 Tim. 2: 5-6, CEB)
We find freedom in Jesus. There’s nothing better in life than being freed from our transgressions. That moment when the burdens are lifted from your shoulders! Priceless! The only way to experience that freedom is to cast our sins on Jesus.
The old priesthood of Aaron perpetuated itself automatically, father to son, without explicit confirmation by God. But then God intervened and called this new, permanent priesthood into being with an added promise:
God gave his word;
he won’t take it back:
“You’re the permanent priest.”
This makes Jesus the guarantee of a far better way between us and God—one that really works! A new covenant. Earlier there were a lot of priests, for they died and had to be replaced. But Jesus’ priesthood is permanent. He’s there from now to eternity to save everyone who comes to God through him, always on the job to speak up for them. (Hebrews 7: 20-25, MSG, emphasis added)
Did you know that the word for “priest” in Latin is pontifex which means “bridge builder”? Jesus is the bridge builder from humans to God. If we want to get to God, we must cross over the bridge Jesus has built. There’s no other bridge over the the troubled waters of trespasses and transgressions that separate us from God. We can only get safely to the other side by grace through faith in Jesus. But this bridge is a strong and mighty fortress.
So now we have a high priest who perfectly fits our needs: completely holy, uncompromised by sin, with authority extending as high as God’s presence in heaven itself. Unlike the other high priests, he doesn’t have to offer sacrifices for his own sins every day before he can get around to us and our sins. He’s done it, once and for all: offered up himself as the sacrifice. The law appoints as high priests men who are never able to get the job done right. But this intervening command of God, which came later, appoints the Son, who is absolutely, eternally perfect. (Hebrews 7: 26-28, MSG, emphasis added)
Jesus offered up himself as the sacrifice for once and for all. Jesus is the bridge builder that makes it possible for each and everyone of us to be united with God and bask in his loving presence. Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. Jesus is the key to eternal life.
The bridge is ready. We just need to be willing to use it. If you have a need for pardon, an urge to commune with God and bask in his grace, don’t waste another minute. Let the other people bask on the bank if they insist. But you, don’t delay. Cross the bridge. God is waiting.
Thank you for sending Jesus to save us.
We are humbled that you love us so much.
We truly can’s save ourselves.
Forgive our sins in Jesus’ name.
Enable us to live according to your will.
Send your Holy Spirit to lead us home to you.
In Jesus’ name,
Q4U: Who is Jesus to you?
Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you embrace God’s saving grace each and every day of your life!
Giving thanks today for
#101 Jesus the bridge builder
#102 The ready-made bridge back to God
#103 The permanent priesthood of Jesus
#104 The joy of salvation
#106 freedom in Christ
#107 life after death
#108 life after winter
#109 the Bible
#110 God does not waste anything