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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. The Bridge Illustration. John 10:10 Joy Love Peace Purpose Fulfillment.

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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

John 10:10

Joy

Love

Peace

Purpose

Fulfillment

(Jesus speaking) I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

John 10:10b

MAN

GOD

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The Bridge Illustration

John 10:10

Joy

Love

Peace

Purpose

Fulfillment

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!

MAN

GOD

SEPARATION

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The Bridge Illustration

John 10:10

Joy

Love

Peace

Purpose

Fulfillment

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.

MAN

GOD

  • Isaiah 53:6
  • SIN

This resulted in a separation between God and man. God being holy and perfect, while man is inherently sinful and imperfect.

SEPARATION

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The Bridge Illustration

John 10:10

Joy

Love

Peace

Purpose

Fulfillment

For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life inChrist Jesus our Lord.

MAN

MAN

GOD

GOD

  • Isaiah 53:6
  • SIN

A continued life of disobedience to God results in death.

2) Romans 6:23

DEATH

SEPARATION

DEATH

LIFE

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The Bridge Illustration

John 10:10

Joy

Love

Peace

Purpose

Fulfillment

Just as man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment

MAN

GOD

  • Isaiah 53:6
  • SIN

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

2) Romans 6:23

DEATH

3) Hebrews 9:27

JUDGMENT

SEPARATION

DEATH

LIFE

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The Bridge Illustration

John 10:10

Joy

Love

Peace

Purpose

Fulfillment

If anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.

MAN

GOD

  • Isaiah 53:6
  • SIN

God’s judgment falls on unholy man resulting in an eternity separated from Him. Which the Bible calls Hell.

2) Romans 6:23

DEATH

3) Hebrews 9:27

JUDGMENT

SEPARATION

4) Revelation 20:15

HELL

DEATH

LIFE

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The Bridge Illustration

John 10:10

Joy

Love

Peace

Purpose

Fulfillment

MAN

GOD

  • Isaiah 53:6
  • SIN

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….

Works

2) Romans 6:23

DEATH

Religion

Money

3) Hebrews 9:27

JUDGMENT

Relationships

4) Revelation 20:15

HELL

SEPARATION

DEATH

LIFE

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The Bridge Illustration

John 10:10

Joy

Love

Peace

Purpose

Fulfillment

SEPARATION

MAN

GOD

  • 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!

Works

2) Romans 6:23

DEATH

Religion

Money

3) Hebrews 9:27

JUDGMENT

Relationship

4) Revelation 20:15

HELL

DEATH

LIFE

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The Bridge Illustration

John 10:10

Joy

Love

Peace

Purpose

Fulfillment

SEPARATION

MAN

GOD

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faithand this not from yourselves, it is the gift of Godnot by works, so that no one can boast.

Ephesians 2:8-9

GRACE

  • Isaiah 53:6
  • SIN

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.

2) Romans 6:23

DEATH

3) Hebrews 9:27

JUDGMENT

4) Revelation 20:15

HELL

DEATH

LIFE

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JESUS CHRIST

The Bridge Illustration

John 10:10

Joy

Love

Peace

Purpose

Fulfillment

SEPARATION

MAN

GOD

  • Isaiah 53:6
  • SIN

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.

2) Romans 6:23

DEATH

3) Hebrews 9:27

JUDGMENT

4) Revelation 20:15

HELL

Ephesians 2:8,9

GRACE

DEATH

LIFE

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JESUS CHRIST

The Bridge Illustration

John 10:10

Joy

Love

Peace

Purpose

Fulfillment

MAN

GOD

5) Romans 5:8

God’s Remedy

  • Isaiah 53:6
  • SIN

2) Romans 6:23

DEATH

But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

3) Hebrews 9:27

JUDGMENT

4) Revelation 20:15

HELL

Ephesians 2:8,9

GRACE

DEATH

LIFE

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JESUS CHRIST

The Bridge Illustration

John 10:10

Joy

Love

Peace

Purpose

Fulfillment

MAN

GOD

5) Romans 5:8

God’s Remedy

  • Isaiah 53:6
  • SIN

2) Romans 6:23

DEATH

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….

3) Hebrews 9:27

JUDGMENT

4) Revelation 20:15

HELL

Ephesians 2:8,9

GRACE

DEATH

LIFE

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Repent -Mark 1:15

JESUS CHRIST

John 10:10

Joy

Love

Peace

Purpose

Fulfillment

“The time has come” He said “The kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the good news.”

MAN

GOD

5) Romans 5:8

God’s Remedy

  • Isaiah 53:6
  • SIN

…repent, which means to ask for forgiveness and turn away from going our own way.

2) Romans 6:23

DEATH

3) Hebrews 9:27

JUDGMENT

4) Revelation 20:15

HELL

Ephesians 2:8,9

GRACE

DEATH

LIFE

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Repent -Mark 1:15

JESUS CHRIST

John 10:10

Joy

Love

Peace

Purpose

Fulfillment

Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God

Believe -John 1:12

MAN

GOD

5) Romans 5:8

God’s Remedy

  • Isaiah 53:6
  • SIN

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.

2) Romans 6:23

DEATH

3) Hebrews 9:27

JUDGMENT

4) Revelation 20:15

HELL

Ephesians 2:8,9

GRACE

DEATH

LIFE

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Repent -Mark 1:15

JESUS CHRIST

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.

John 10:10

Joy

Love

Peace

Purpose

Fulfillment

Believe -John 1:12

Receive - Revelation 3:20

MAN

GOD

5) Romans 5:8

God’s Remedy

  • Isaiah 53:6
  • SIN

Finally we need to receive Jesus Christ through prayer and ask him to come into our lives as Lord and Savior.

2) Romans 6:23

DEATH

3) Hebrews 9:27

JUDGMENT

4) Revelation 20:15

HELL

Ephesians 2:8,9

GRACE

DEATH

LIFE

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Repent -Mark 1:15

JESUS CHRIST

“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.

John 10:10

Joy

Love

Peace

Purpose

Fulfillment

Believe -John 1:12

Receive - Revelation 3:20

MAN

GOD

5) Romans 5:8

God’s Remedy

  • Isaiah 53:6
  • SIN
  • 6) John 5:24
  • HAS ETERNAL LIFE
  • NO CONDEMNATION
  • CROSSED OVER FROM DEATH TO LIFE

2) Romans 6:23

DEATH

3) Hebrews 9:27

JUDGMENT

4) Revelation 20:15

HELL

Ephesians 2:8,9

GRACE

DEATH

LIFE

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JESUS CHRIST

John 10:10

Joy

Love

Peace

Purpose

Fulfillment

What would be hindering you from praying right now and receiving

Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior?

If you were in this particular

diagram where would you

be standing?

What Side Would You

Like To Be On?

MAN

GOD

5) Romans 5:8

God’s Remedy

  • Isaiah 53:6
  • SIN
  • 6) John 5:24
  • HAS ETERNAL LIFE
  • NO CONDEMNATION
  • CROSSED OVER FROM DEATH TO LIFE

2) Romans 6:23

DEATH

3) Hebrews 9:27

JUDGMENT

4) Revelation 20:15

HELL

Ephesians 2:8,9

GRACE

DEATH

LIFE

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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

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.

“Come to me all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”

Matthew 11:28