Still at a distance
Just last week the first minister of Scotland announced that in Scotland we would no longer have to socially distance. For some this has been a source of great relief, with opportunity again to embrace loved ones, elderly relatives, and others.
Having received such news, there is a verse from the Bible that came to mind, it’s found in the Old Testament book of Isaiah, ch 59 v 2. It says “but your iniquities have separated between you and your God”. What the verse is saying is, that each of our wrongdoings have caused a separation between each one of us and a holy God.
The Bible says much about sin. In Genesis 3 we read about how sin came into the world. As a result men, woman and children because of sin have been separated from God. This never was God’s wish. When God created man (Genesis 2v7, Genesis 1v26) His purpose was that mankind would have an unbroken relationship with God, with man having dominion over creation, which was all made for Gods glory. The Bible says “For of Him, and through Him, and to Him, are all things, to whom be glory forever. Amen (Rom 11v 36).
Because of sin sadly there is a great distance between us and God, but the good news that we bring to you today is this, “For there is one God, and one Mediator between God and men the man Christ Jesus.”(1Tim 2 v 5) . Regardless of our sins and all our wrongdoing, God still loves us, He still wants us to have a relationship with Him, no longer to be at a distance from him, but to be close to Him. For this reason God sent his son into the world.
Consider this verse of the Bible, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life( John 3 v 16). If we confess to God that we are a sinner and put our trust and faith implicitly in the Lord Jesus Christ, we will have a real, full and everlasting relationship with God. Christ is the mediator or the go between, He satisfied the righteous demands of God when he suffered for the sin of the world bearing our punishment and dying on the middle cross on Calvary’s hill, and the third day rising from the grave. Because the Saviour lives each one who believes in Him will know the joy of sins all forgiven and become the present and eternal possessor of everlasting life. Romans 5 v 7 says “Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven and whose sins are covered”. Ephesians 2 v 13 says, “But now in Christ Jesus, you who were previously far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ “.
Dear friend, if you’re ”still at a distance” please make it a priority to be made right with God through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and no longer be afar off from God but made near.