Imagine a long jump competition held at the world famous Grand Canyon. Two star athletes agree to participate. Together they stand at the breathtaking precipice. Their stomachs churn as they peer down one mile into the Canyon. Quite a drop! They look across – 18 miles is a large gap. But they are the very best long jumpers in the world. If anyone can do it, they can! The first competitor prepares for the jump, runs, and with incredible power pushes his legs off the side of the Canyon, catapulting through the air – 28 feet, 5.75 inches! That was his best!
The next athlete with intensity and focus takes his turn. Like a bullet, he goes into the air. The distance? 29 feet, 4.5 inches. His very best! Yes, he made it farther than the first athlete – but they both fell short of the distance of 18 miles.
If this was a true story both participants would have died even if they were the very best performers in the long jump event. One made it a little farther than the other, but neither of them had what it took to span the distance.
There is a wider and deeper canyon between sinners and God. “Your iniquities (sins) have separated you from your God” (Isaiah 59:2). This canyon was formed in the Garden of Eden when Adam rebelled against God.
Even the best person is not able to make it across the chasm. The distance is too great. Sin has caused a divide that none of us can bridge. No matter how many good things we do, or how sincere we are, or how religious our life may be – the Bible says even the best fall short. None of us have what it takes to get across the divide. We will perish if we try to get across by ourselves.
“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).
The Lord Jesus Christ dealt with the divide caused by our sin. He died in our place and is our bridge across the chasm. He is the only way to Heaven. We can trust Him. “For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God” (1 Peter 3:18).
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