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September 12, 2021 | Doug Sauder
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“We have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.”—Romans 5:1–2 (NKJV)
I recently worked my way through a fascinating book titled, The Men Who United the States by Simon Winchester. In it, Winchester takes the reader through a history of how our nation was explored, settled, and unified by pivotal people and events.
Among the most important of these events were the creation of the Erie Canal, the Transcontinental Railway, and the Interstate System. Do you know why? Because they brought something vitally precious to America, something essential to its survival and prosperity . . . access!
The Erie Canal connected the Atlantic coast to the Great Lakes, the Transcontinental Railway connected both coasts of North America, and the Interstate System connected innumerable cities, towns, and homes. This newfound access changed everything, and we continue to reap the benefits to this day.
Access to America is one thing, but how about access to something (or rather Someone) infinitely more important . . . God! Without question, there’s nothing more critical in life than having access to our Creator. Without it, we are eternally incomplete, insufficient, and inept. We are a rudderless ship on a wayward course apart from our heavenly Father.
Fortunately, this open access to God is available to anyone who wants it. Paul points us to this precious truth in the passage above by reminding us that Jesus is the One who connects people to the One who created and loves them. Christ, Himself, also affirms this in John’s Gospel: “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6 NKJV).
Notice what Jesus is saying here: He is the exclusive means by which anyone can find access to the Father. Despite humanity’s best intentions and efforts to connect with our Creator, the access just isn’t there apart from Jesus! It doesn’t matter how devout or determined a human being is, they are separated from God unless they approach Him through His Son, Jesus Christ.
Some might read that and say, “How narrow!” But the better response is, “How freeing!” For that which we most need isn’t attained by our finite efforts—which will always fall short of the perfect and holy standard of God—but by the infinite ability and sufficiency of the Son of God. We can’t improve on that—we were never meant to. We were only meant to accept it!
DIG: Why is access to God critical? Why do you think humanity constantly tries to achieve that access by their own power?
DISCOVER: How can you have access to God? How do you respond to this truth?
DISPLAY: Use your access today! Open up His Word and read Ephesians 2 and Hebrews 10:1–18, and then spend time in prayer, thanking the Lord for allowing you to have access to His presence.
Pastor Dan Hickling serves our online community, also known as the Calvary Chapel Online Campus. He and his wife Becky have been married for 22 years and have two children, Lauren and Danny. Both Dan and Becky have been part of the CCFL church family for 22 years and have served in full time ministry for 20 of those years.