Topic: Hebrews 4:14-16
Despite the fact that technology enables us to stay connected, we haven't solved the loneliness problem. Many people still feel cut off from those around them. The real solution for healing the deep ache of isolation is an intimate relationship with God.
As He was about to create Adam, God said in Genesis 1, "Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness". One point of resemblance to the Lord is our desire and ability to share intimacy with others. We're created to commune with God.
Adam and Eve had a close bond with the Lord, who spent time with them in the Garden of Eden. But, the couple's disobedience caused a rift in the relationship. Since God is holy, He can't allow anything unrighteous into His presence. Once sin entered the world through the first couple, every person born would be tainted with it and separated from God.
Yet because of His love, the Lord planned a way to bridge the gap between Himself and mankind. Jesus Christ took our transgressions upon
Himself and died on the cross, wiping away the stain of sin. Whoever trusts in His sacrifice for the forgiveness of sins goes over the "bridge" formed by the cross. Each new believer is immediately restored to a right relationship with God.