And He said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, you will see the heavens opened and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man” (John 1:51).I have a quick thought for you this week.
I was reading last night the first chapter of John, in which Jesus uses the imagery of a great gulf fixed between us and God. A mystical ladder, upon which angels are descending and ascending, crosses that gulf, descending from God Himself to us; to our surprise, the ladder is God Himself. (See also Genesis 28:12)
I had to stop and ask, what really was this separation between humanity and God? I know that for our own preservation, there needed to be physical separation between us and God’s glory after sin. But relationally, I wonder how much of the separation is truly of God’s creation and how much is our own. I know that sin produces an intrinsic separation between us and the great Lover of our souls. But has God really ever pulled back? Relationally? I believe that our sin, rather than making Him pull back, implores Him from deep within His own heart to press in closer. The greater our need, the greater His desire to save us. He does not abandon us in our moment of need, but on the contrary, He empties Himself completely to meet our need. Sin created the separation and God threw Himself across the chasm to bridge it!
“Though sin had produced a gulf between man and his God, a divine benevolence provided a plan to bridge that gulf. And what material did He use? A part of Himself. The brightness of the Father’s glory came to a world all seared and marred with the curse, and in His own divine character, in His own divine body, bridged the gulf. . . The windows of heaven were opened and the showers of heavenly grace in healing streams came to our benighted world. . . Had God given us less we could not have been saved. But He gave to our world so abundantly that it could not be said that He could love us more . . . God has exhausted His benevolence . . . in pouring out all heaven to man in one great gift. Only in comprehending the value of this offering can we comprehend infinity. O the breadth and height and depth of the love of God! Who of finite beings can comprehend it?” (White, Our High Calling, p. 12).
“God’s love for the world was not manifest because He sent His Son, but because He loved the world He sent His Son into the world that divinity clothed with humanity might touch humanity, while divinity lays hold of divinity.” (Ibid.)
Think of the imagery the God (in human flesh) used. Himself, a latter, for us! When sin created a chasm, a separation between us and Him, He used Himself to bridge the gulf, and whispers to each one of us, “Here, take my hand; I will hold on to you, and I will bring you back home.” What an incredible God!!!
“Let earth be glad, let the inhabitants of the world rejoice, that Christ has bridged the gulf which sin had made, and has bound earth and heaven together. A highway has been cast up for the ransomed of the Lord. The weary and heavy laden may come unto Him and find rest to their souls. The pilgrim may journey toward the mansions that He has gone to prepare for those who love Him” (White, That I May Know Him, p. 82).
I wish you God’s best this week.