The Greatest Gap of All - Good Friday Edition
With today being Good Friday and our blog being devoted to unfilled spaces, it would be a disservice, not to mention the most significant gap of all. For context, read our first post here.
This gap is created by the holiness of God and the sinfulness of man. Due to our sinful nature, we attempt to fill this unfilled space with an assortment of desires and wants that do not satisfy, leaving us emptier than before. We fail to recognize sin as our greatest problem and Christ as our greatest need. We try to work our way to God on our own merits, thinking we can be good enough to get to God.
However, we can not fill this unfilled space on our own. All of our works and efforts are like "filthy rags" (Isaiah 64.6). This area of life is where the playing field is even. There is no discrimination among sinners, for "we all sin and fall short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23).
In John 14:6, Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through me." As you see, we can't do this work on our own, in our strength. We can not save ourselves. Acts 4:12 states, "salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved." Thankfully, while our sin is great, God prepared a way for reconciliation to himself through Jesus.
For those who believe and belong to God, Good Friday is a remembrance of the perfect sacrifice "who came to take away the sins of the world"(1 John 3:5). Jesus is a perfect, sinless savior who bore the penalty of sin that sinners deserve on the cross. Jesus is a savior whose righteousness is imputed to us, the unrighteous. Jesus is a savior that has victory over sin and death through his resurrection and reconciles us to God, offering us eternal life. Good Friday is a day a believer can worship and rest in the finished work of Christ and the salvation He offers to sinners, a gap that can't be filled by us but ONLY BY HIM.