No more distancing!

No More Distancing!

I have had it with the whole distancing thing.  I know we have to do it, but I’m tired of not being able to worship with other believers, socialize with friends, go to a restaurant, or play sports with other people.  This social distancing has to go, and I hope it goes soon!  I know, I know, it’s important to do the right thing, and I will, but I have grown weary of it after only about a month.  We humans need social interaction!  Isolation is tough on us.  We all love our families, but having other people in our lives face to face is important!

So what can we say about this?  We can say, “Christ is risen!”  Think about what this meant for the ancient Christians.  Jesus was Immanuel, God in the flesh.  He had brought the Kingdom of God to humanity, revealing that God loved us more than we realized and that He could be known.  In Jesus, people could talk to God!  When you had dinner with Jesus you had dinner with God!  When you walked and conversed with Jesus, you walked with and conversed with God!  In Jesus, God had bridged the gap between Himself and humanity.

And there was a gap.  The Bible reveals that our sin had created a gap between human beings and their Creator.  Isaiah 59:2, for example, says “Your iniquities have separated you from your God, your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear.”

There are times when we feel that distance.  When we do something wrong, when we turn away from God’s righteous commands and when God calls us on it through His Word, we feel that distance.  We feel ashamed, guilty, fearful, or angry.

When this world or Satan bring suffering into our lives, we are tempted to feel that God is distant and uncaring.  “Why am I suffering the way I am?  Doesn’t God care about me?

This is the gap that Jesus came to bridge.  This is the distance that the Lord traveled to re-connect us to God.  And this is why Jesus was born.

Jesus was and is God in the flesh, God come to be with us.  When He went to the cross, He experienced our gap.  He experienced distance from God, as He cried out, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”  Jesus died in our place, experiencing the ultimate punishment for our sins, distance from God.

This is one of the reasons that the resurrection of Jesus is powerful.  When Jesus rose from the dead, the gap was closed forever.  When Jesus was raised to life, the distance between God and people was bridged.  As Jesus reunited with His followers, they experienced the joy of being connected to God. 

My friends, the gap is gone.  Your iniquities do not have to separate you from your God any longer.  He does not hide His face from us.  He is not distant from you.  Indeed, He desires to walk with you every day of your life.

Christ is risen!  The gap is gone!

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