No GENERATION IN HISTORY has seen the completion and use of more bridges of every size and type than has our own. Not only are arches longer and higher but modern engineering has successfully spanned greater bodies of water and bridged over wider valleys and chasms than ever before.
But the greatest Bridge of all was completed more than 1900 years ago—the Bridge between God and man; between the finite and the infinite; between time and eternity; between earth and heaven; between Paradise Lost and the Paradise which may be regained.
It is this Bridge which is the heart of the gospel message. It is about this “missing link” between God and man that men are to preach. And it is of this Bridge’s perfection and uniqueness that men need to know.
The foundation of this Bridge is the Incarnation—that God actually assumed human nature, and came into the world that men might be transformed for now and for eternity.
No one has ever fully explained the mystery of the Incarnation. It is one of those facts of divine and human history which must be accepted by faith, the effects of which can be experienced in the heart and demonstrated in the life of the believer.
The uniqueness of this Bridge is attested to by our Lord himself when he said: “No man cometh unto the Father but by me”; by John the Baptist in the words: “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him”; by Peter, filled by the Holy Spirit, as he affirmed to the rulers in Jerusalem: “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved”; and by Paul when he wrote: “For there is one God, and one mediator between God ...1
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