Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has crossed over from death to life.
Bridges help us to do something mentioned in this verse. Bridges are to be “crossed over.”
Awhile back we visited Monaca, Pennsylvania, near Pittsburgh. There is an intriguing historic bridge across the Ohio River near the small downtown. Each year the name of the bridge is changed, depending on who won the football game that season. High school football is a big deal in that area of the country. So, you know who won by looking at the name plate on the bridge---either Rochester or Monaca. One or the other is the victor and gets the bridge named after their team. It can change each year.
This got me to thinking as I jogged across one morning. There is also a name on the intriguing HIStoric bridge to heaven, across the chasm of separation from God. For some people, the victor’s name may change based on who (or what religious system) seems to be winning the hour. Pluralism abounds, and “many passages to heaven” is a predominate philosophy.
I’m thankful today for the assurance found in the Bible that our salvation is not a gamble. HIS salvation is safe, His bridge is secure.....rooted in the One who said He IS the gate for the sheep (John 10). He alone bridges the distance to eternal life and abundant life in the present. HE IS the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6), and, by his own claim, no one comes to the Father but through HIM. The Name on salvation’s bridge is one that will never change, and what a deep sense of joy in crossing over from darkness to light, from death to new life in Him. IN CHRIST I am on the victor’s path.
“For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." (Philippians 2:9-11)