Someone, maybe you, might dismiss all this--creation and evolution--as an interesting but needless, unnecessary and perhaps harmful and divisive debate? Perhaps you are offended or even angry because you are not a Christian and you believe the scientific evidence supports evolution and anyone believing the earth is only thousands of years old is a nut. Or perhaps you are thinking that there are more important things for a Christian to do--we should focus on spreading the gospel and we should abandon the debate for the sake of the "big picture."
In other words, what is the link between:
the origin of the world and
what really matters, i.e.,
what is the missing link?
Well, the good news is the missing link has been found! However, unless you are willing to dig into the Bible you will never be able to uncover the truth. Since the Bible is the Word of God it is the ultimate authority in all matters. So, digging into the Bible we find that our view of origin (where we came from) directly relates to our view of destiny (where we are going). Our view of origin is shaped by whether we believe the Bible to be true or not. If we accept the Bible as truth then we must accept that God is our creator. If He is creator then He owns us. If we are not our own then we don't have a right to choose what to do with our life. Not only that, but God, as creator has the right to set the rules for life and the right to judge us.
The Bible describes God as a loving, holy God that must judge sinners with wrath (anger, judgment, condemnation) for disobedience. This is incredibly bad news because the Bible also says not only "All have sinned…" (Romans 3:23) and the "wages of sin is death…" (Romans 6:23) but that we will all die and be judged. "And inasmuch as it is appointed for all men to die once, and after this comes judgment." (Hebrews 9:27) The bad thing is, it gets worse!!! Revelation 20:15 describes the judgment of the sinner as being "thrown into the lake of fire" for all eternity. 2 Thessalonians 1:9 (Eternity is a long time.) This judgment will be sure and certain with continual suffering and pain. As if this isn't bad enough, the Bible tells us that doing good things are not going to help us escape this judgment: "…all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags…" (Isaiah 64:6)
Well, all this is only true if the Bible is true. So, if the Bible is not true we have nothing to worry about. However, if the Bible is true we are in deep trouble! If we continue digging in the Bible we can find that instead of becoming dirty we become clean. The good news is that the missing link has been found. What really matters is not that we just believe the Bible but that we believe the author of the Bible. He has given us a way to be rescued from this judgment. This is why Christians talk so much about being saved. There is a terrible judgment coming and there is only one way to be saved. But it's expensive. The cost for being saved is higher than anything we can afford--it is a perfect life. Only Jesus Christ was able to pay this price and not only that but He accepted our judgment for Himself by dying on the…
The cross is the missing link between
believing God and His word which tells us that He is our Creator
and the only thing that matters- salvation from sure and certain judgment.
As we roll the stone away the Bible tells us that God is a loving God and He "demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." Romans 5:8 There, on the cross, "God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son in order that we might not perish but have eternal life." John 3:16 Note also that, "He saved us, not on the basis of deeds done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit." Titus 3:5
So, what must we do to be rescued? It is written in the Bible, "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved." Romans 10:9 Also, a few verses later in verse 13, "For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved." (Reminder: Saved from what? God's sure and certain wrath.) In 1 John 1:9 we find that, "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." The apostle John also tells us in John 5:24 "Truly, truly I say to you, he who hears my Word and believes Him who sent me, has eternal life, and does not come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life." This is what is called the gospel, a word that means "good news" or, really "great news." In Bible times they used this word to describe the great news that a battle was won.
So, as we consider the cross we notice that it is empty. Jesus Christ has been raised from the dead and has been judged in our place. The Bible promises that we too will be raised from the dead to live eternally with our Creator. As sure and certain as God's judgment is, it is likewise sure and certain that anyone who believes in Jesus and puts Him in control of their life (that is what it means by being 'Lord') they will be saved from that eternal judgment.