Scripture for Today: Ephesians 2:12-13 “Remember that you were at that time separated from Christ, excluded from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenant of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.”
We visited this ancient Roman aqueduct in the south of France. It is so impressive, especially given it was built in the 1st century AD! Pont du Gard is one of the five top tourists attractions in France. This bridge near Nîmes is 31 miles long and has three tiers of arches standing 160 feet high.
During the height of the Roman Empire, this aqueduct brought over 200 million liters of water a day to the fountains, baths, and homes of the citizens of Nîmes. After the empire fell, it was used as a toll bridge, bringing together communities on both sides of the Gardon River.
Without a bridge there is separation and exclusion. But a bridge brings near what was far away. Our verse for today uses these same words when describing our condition before Christ. As those outside of the covenant made with Israel, we were once strangers, separated and excluded. As such, we were without God and so without hope as well. Christ’s coming and sacrifice changed everything! His cleansing blood made a way to approach Him.
Jesus is that bridge bringing me near. Not only does He bridge the gap, but He is the living water that the aqueduct provides! He has provided the only Way. The distance between us was too far and impossible for me to cross on my own.
If there had been no Bridge I would still be without God and without hope. Thank you, Lord, that You have brought me near.