Friday, July 13, 2012

Grand Canyon Chasm

Recently my family made a bus tour to the Grand Canyon in Arizona, which is known for its visually overwhelming size and its intricate and colorful landscape. The Grand Canyon is 277 miles (446 km) long, up to 18 miles (29 km) wide and attains a depth of over a mile (6,000 feet / 1,800 meters).

While standing on the South Rim, I meditated on the greatness of the Creator God and was amazed at His marvelous handiwork, carving a grand-scale gorge on the Colorado Plateau.

When I looked toward the North Rim, there was a great chasm between the South and North Rim that I cannot cross by myself, which in turn reminded me of “a great chasm” in Luke’s Gospel.

Let’s us read the story told by Jesus, our Lord Himself.

Story of the Rich Man and Lazarus recorded in Luke 16:19-31;

19 “There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and lived in luxury every day.

20 At his gate was laid a beggar named Lazarus, covered with sores

21 and longing to eat what fell from the rich man’s table. Even the dogs came and licked his sores.

22 “The time came when the beggar died and the angels carried him to Abraham’s side. The rich man also died and was buried.

23 In hell, where he was in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham far away, with Lazarus by his side.

24 So he called to him, ‘Father Abraham, have pity on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in agony in this fire.’

25 “But Abraham replied, ‘Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, while Lazarus received bad things, but now he is comforted here and you are in agony.

26 And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been fixed, so that those who want to go from here to you cannot, nor can anyone cross over from there to us.’

27 “He answered, ‘Then I beg you, father, send Lazarus to my father’s house,

28 for I have five brothers. Let him warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment.’

29 “Abraham replied, “They have Moses and the Prophets; let them listen to them.”

30 “‘No, father Abraham,’ he said, ‘but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.’

31 “He said to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.’”

The Bible says there is a great chasm between God and us, the sinners. The sinners cannot reach God by themselves. There must be a bridge for sinners to reach the other side of a chasm. Jesus Christ came as a Mediator between the Holy God and the sinners. He sacrificed Himself to die on the Cross and  made it possible. Through the Cross we can cross the great chasm and reach the Kingdom of God.

How can we do that? By receiving Jesus Christ as our Savior who leads us to God the Father.

Didn’t Jesus say, No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him, and I will raise him up at the last day” in John 6:44 and also “I am the Way and the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me in John 14:6?

Lord Jesus, we believe You are the Way, the Truth and the Life. Amen and amen.

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