ACCESS DENIED!! No one likes to see those words appear. We think we should have access to any and everything. In most instances, access is denied because of security reasons. The denied access could be for the safety of our nation or other movement entities.
In the history of our great nation, one group or another has been denied access to their God-giving rights. No one likes to have their rights denied or even access to something that they believe they have every right to enter.
The Bible is one long story about how God and his forgiveness, at one time, was not fully accessed, but there was a plan from the beginning of time to give everyone living full access. The story begins with God’s people in the Old Testament, the Jews. Yet, they did not have total access to God. God was only accessible through his sanctuary, which was served by priests. Remember that this partial access was only available to Jews.
However, full access came with the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. He is God’s one and only son. He was sent to die on our behalf so that we may have full access to God and his forgiveness. We no longer are denied the blessings of being God’s children.
Ephesians 2:12–13 At that time you were without Christ, excluded from the citizenship of Israel, and foreigners to the covenants of promise, without hope and without God in the world. (13) But now in Christ Jesus, you who were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ.
Zack has been preaching the Gospel in the Louisville area for the last 13 years. He previously served three wonderful congregations before accepting his current position at Cedar Springs church of Christ in 2017. He appreciates another opportunity to speak to members of the E-town community through the efforts of 12 hours with Jesus.