Our Meeting Place

Will Crawford —  May 8, 2012

When I was six, my parents went through an ugly divorce. Through a series of events, my older sister and I went to live with my father. For the next number of years nearly every weekend we would travel over an hour away and meet my mother so that we could spend the weekend together. Several things are etched in my mind from that time. On an impressionable 6 year old, that probably isn’t surprising. I can remember some of those events like it was yesterday. One of the things I can still see is the meeting place where we were exchanged between our parents. It was a simple rest stop on the outskirts of a small town called Walton New York.  I am sure there were other places we could have met but this place had a quiet serenity about it that did not seem to equal the turmoil of our lives. It was located along the Delaware river bank where large trees hugged the soil. I remember some picnic tables there as well. The kind of place people might pull off the road and have some lunch.  It was our meeting place and for as many years as we made that exchange that is where we met.

This morning I read a statement that brought those memories back to mind. It was a simple statement made by D.A Carson and Timothy Keller which seemed simple enough and yet so incredibly profound. “(Jesus is) the great meeting place between God and sinful human beings.” Because of our sinfulness we have no way to enter into relationship with a holy and sinless God. In fact in that state the Bible calls us ’enemies’ of God.   But here is the good news! “For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life.” Romans 5:10.   Jesus then is our great meeting place. In him we have the peace and assurance of forgiven sin because he took upon himself the wrath of God for our sin. We can now come with great confidence to God because of Jesus (Heb. 4:16). God now meets with us, not seeing our sin and wrong doing but rather seeing the perfection and sinlessness of Jesus who traded his life for ours.

Jesus is and always will be our meeting place with God. No matter how long this journey is or where God in this journey takes us, this truth will always remain the same. All contact we have with God, all the relationship that we have and enjoy, meets in one place and through one person, Jesus the Christ! Truly he is “the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to God the Father but through (him)”( John 14:6).  Let the Treasure of Jesus become even more precious to you today!