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Christ Is Able!

Only when we fully trust someone will we commit ourselves to that person. Such complete trust is depicted in the following story.

A crowd gazed in awe as a tightrope walker inched his way across Niagara Falls. The people cheered when he accomplished the feat.

Then he turned to a man and said, “Do you think I could carry someone across?” “Sure,” the man replied.

“Let’s go then!” “No thanks!” the man exclaimed. So the tightroper asked another man, “What about you? Will you trust me?” “Yes, I will,” he said. That man climbed onto his shoulders, and with the water roaring below they reached the other side.

Hidden in this story is a spiritual challenge each of us must face. Our sinfulness is a yawning chasm between us and God, and we are unable to cross it. Only Jesus is able to bring us safely to the other side. But we must repent and trust Him with our lives. The apostle Paul confidently wrote, “I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day” (2 Tim. 1:12).

Are you trying on your own to cross the chasm of sin that separates you from God? It’s impossible. Put your trust in Christ, for He alone is able to bring you to God.

My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus' blood and righteousness;
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly lean on Jesus' name. —Mote

Christ is the bridge over the chasm of sin.