In a recent Precepts Bible Study I became more aware of how, from the very beginning in Genesis, God provided forgiveness for sins. The Bible says that after Adam and Eve sinned, God made garments of skin to clothe them. Their shame was covered by the death of a perfect lamb, pointing to Jesus, who would one day die for the sins of the world. In due time, God gave His Son because He desires for us to have a choice . . . a way out from the wages of our sinful nature. I was reminded of the chorus of an old song by Point of Grace:
There's a bridge to cross the great divide
A way was made to reach the other side
The mercy of the Father cost His son His life
His love is deep, His love is wide
There's a cross to bridge the great divide
I love the beautiful interchanging of words. The bridge to a relationship with God is the cross. The cross is the bridge to forgiveness and peace. No matter who we are or what we have done, God loves us. The bridge is made available to all who will cross. I got on it on a summer evening, when I was almost eleven years old. It changed my life.
For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son so that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16