The Bridge Illustration

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The Bridge Illustration In the beginning, when God put man on earth, man had a fulfilling and abundant relationship with God. MAN GOD

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The Bridge Illustration (Jesus speaking) I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. John 10:10b John 10:10 Joy Love Peace Purpose Fulfillment MAN GOD

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SEPARATION The Bridge Illustration But God did not create man to be like a robot who would automatically love and have fellowship with Him. He gave man a will and freedom of choice. Man chose to go his own way! John 10:10 Joy Love Peace Purpose Fulfillment MAN GOD

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GOD The Bridge Illustration This resulted in a separation between God and man. God being holy and perfect, while man is inherently sinful and imperfect. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all. Isaiah 53:6 SIN John 10:10 Joy Love Peace Purpose Fulfillment MAN SEPARATION

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The Bridge Illustration GOD DEATH LIFE For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. A continued life of disobedience to God results in death. 2) Romans 6:23 DEATH Isaiah 53:6 SIN John 10:10 Joy Love Peace Purpose Fulfillment MAN GOD MAN SEPARATION

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GOD MAN SEPARATION The Bridge Illustration DEATH LIFE 2) Romans 6:23 DEATH Each of us will die physically, and after we die we will face judgment. There will be a day when God will judge the actions and thoughts of every man and woman 3) Hebrews 9:27 JUDGMENT Just as man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment Isaiah 53:6 SIN John 10:10 Joy Love Peace Purpose Fulfillment

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GOD MAN SEPARATION The Bridge Illustration DEATH LIFE 4) Revelation 20:15 HELL God’s judgment falls on unholy man resulting in an eternity separated from Him. Which the Bible calls Hell. If anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire. 2) Romans 6:23 DEATH 3) Hebrews 9:27 JUDGMENT Isaiah 53:6 SIN John 10:10 Joy Love Peace Purpose Fulfillment

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Relationships Money Religion Works The Bridge Illustration DEATH LIFE 4) Revelation 20:15 HELL 2) Romans 6:23 DEATH 3) Hebrews 9:27 JUDGMENT This results in a pretty dismal picture of our situation on man’s side of the chasm. So we spend our days trying to bridge the gap back to God. Through…. Isaiah 53:6 SIN John 10:10 Joy Love Peace Purpose Fulfillment GOD MAN SEPARATION

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Works Religion Money Relationship GOD MAN SEPARATION The Bridge Illustration DEATH LIFE 4) Revelation 20:15 HELL 2) Romans 6:23 DEATH 3) Hebrews 9:27 JUDGMENT Isaiah 53:6 SIN The trouble is these all fall short because they are man’s way of doing things. But not God’s way! John 10:10 Joy Love Peace Purpose Fulfillment

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GOD MAN SEPARATION The Bridge Illustration DEATH LIFE 4) Revelation 20:15 HELL 2) Romans 6:23 DEATH 3) Hebrews 9:27 JUDGMENT Isaiah 53:6 SIN For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God not by works, so that no one can boast. Ephesians 2:8-9 GRACE The Bible says we cannot bridge this gap ourselves, that God needed to do it through His grace –which is the God given power to do his will. John 10:10 Joy Love Peace Purpose Fulfillment

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GOD MAN The Bridge Illustration DEATH LIFE God has the remedy. Only one bridge can cross the gulf that exists between man and God and that bridge is Jesus Christ and His death on the cross. 4) Revelation 20:15 HELL 2) Romans 6:23 DEATH 3) Hebrews 9:27 JUDGMENT Isaiah 53:6 SIN John 10:10 Joy Love Peace Purpose Fulfillment Ephesians 2:8,9 GRACE SEPARATION

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GOD MAN The Bridge Illustration DEATH LIFE 4) Revelation 20:15 HELL 2) Romans 6:23 DEATH 3) Hebrews 9:27 JUDGMENT Isaiah 53:6 SIN John 10:10 Joy Love Peace Purpose Fulfillment Ephesians 2:8,9 GRACE 5) Romans 5:8 God’s Remedy But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

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GOD MAN The Bridge Illustration DEATH LIFE 4) Revelation 20:15 HELL 2) Romans 6:23 DEATH 3) Hebrews 9:27 JUDGMENT Isaiah 53:6 SIN John 10:10 Joy Love Peace Purpose Fulfillment Ephesians 2:8,9 GRACE Christ made it possible for us to cross over to God’s side and experience His promise of a full and abundant life. But we are not automatically on God’s side . We need to make a decision to…. 5) Romans 5:8 God’s Remedy

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Repent -Mark 1:15 “The time has come” He said “The kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the good news.” …repent, which means to ask for forgiveness and turn away from going our own way. GOD MAN DEATH LIFE 4) Revelation 20:15 HELL 2) Romans 6:23 DEATH 3) Hebrews 9:27 JUDGMENT Isaiah 53:6 SIN John 10:10 Joy Love Peace Purpose Fulfillment Ephesians 2:8,9 GRACE 5) Romans 5:8 God’s Remedy

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Believe -John 1:12 GOD MAN DEATH LIFE 4) Revelation 20:15 HELL 2) Romans 6:23 DEATH 3) Hebrews 9:27 JUDGMENT Isaiah 53:6 SIN John 10:10 Joy Love Peace Purpose Fulfillment Ephesians 2:8,9 GRACE Believe. The word believe means to have faith in, to have trust in Christ. Not merely to know about Him but to have a relationship with Him. Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God Repent -Mark 1:15 5) Romans 5:8 God’s Remedy

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Receive - Revelation 3:20 Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me. Believe -John 1:12 GOD MAN DEATH LIFE 4) Revelation 20:15 HELL 2) Romans 6:23 DEATH 3) Hebrews 9:27 JUDGMENT Isaiah 53:6 SIN John 10:10 Joy Love Peace Purpose Fulfillment Ephesians 2:8,9 GRACE Repent -Mark 1:15 Finally we need to receive Jesus Christ through prayer and ask him to come into our lives as Lord and Savior. 5) Romans 5:8 God’s Remedy

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Receive - Revelation 3:20 Believe -John 1:12 GOD MAN DEATH LIFE 4) Revelation 20:15 HELL 2) Romans 6:23 DEATH 3) Hebrews 9:27 JUDGMENT Isaiah 53:6 SIN John 10:10 Joy Love Peace Purpose Fulfillment Repent -Mark 1:15 6) John 5:24 HAS ETERNAL LIFE NO CONDEMNATION CROSSED OVER FROM DEATH TO LIFE 5) Romans 5:8 God’s Remedy “I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life. Ephesians 2:8,9 GRACE

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If you were in this particular diagram where would you be standing? GOD MAN DEATH LIFE 4) Revelation 20:15 HELL 2) Romans 6:23 DEATH 3) Hebrews 9:27 JUDGMENT Isaiah 53:6 SIN What Side Would You Like To Be On? What would be hindering you from praying right now and receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior? John 10:10 Joy Love Peace Purpose Fulfillment 6) John 5:24 HAS ETERNAL LIFE NO CONDEMNATION CROSSED OVER FROM DEATH TO LIFE 5) Romans 5:8 God’s Remedy Ephesians 2:8,9 GRACE

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“Dear Lord, I know I have done wrong and broken Your laws. I believe You died for my wrongdoings. I ask You to forgive me of all my sins. I want to turn from them. Please come into my life as You said You would. I trust You as Savior and want to follow You as Lord.” In name of Jesus Christ. Amen “Come to me all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28 If You truly acknowledge Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior and would like to accept Him into your life, feel free to pray the following prayer.

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