Mr. Rushing was a great Sunday school teacher who had a real gift to get his eighth-grade boys’ class involved in the lesson. One Sunday, he decided to ask a question to get them involved in the lesson. “If gold stood for good deeds and grey for bad deeds what color would you be?”
“I’d be streaky,” answered Ron. “I’ve done a bunch of things that are really bad. As a matter of fact, I would probably end up looking kind of blurry.”
No doubt all of us end up looking rather “blurry.” We all fall short when measured against God’s definition of “good.”
God is holy, and we are unholy - or “sinful.” There is a great space between the righteous Creator - God - and guilty sinners – “us.” We may try to build a bridge of good works and kind deeds from where we are to where God is. But sooner or later the works and deeds would fall short of the gate into heaven, and we would find ourselves “out there” dangling in space. In words that are clear and impossible to misunderstand the Psalmist wrote, “For no one living is righteous before You.”
But God built a bridge from where we are to where He is. It is called “the cross of Calvary.” It’s where His Son hung on a cross one day until He was dead. Then, He was laid in a tomb until His Father brought Him back to life. And it is this “bridge” - this cross of Calvary - that we “cross” by faith alone.
Any person at any time from any place can cross this Bridge of Faith and be cleansed of sin and made righteous.
Prayer: It seems impossible, Father, that all we have to do is to reach out, grasp Your hand and cross that Bridge. But, You never refuse any of us. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture For Today: Do not bring your servant into judgment, for no one living is righteous before you. Psalm 143:2b