Around the year 1200 AD, a warrior named Manco Capac established a city-nation that grew into the Inca Empire. Within 200 years, the empire of massive pyramids and cities stretched over 2,500 miles (4,023 km) from the Pacific coast of Colombia down through the Andes Mountains of Chile and Argentina.
The kingdom straddled rugged mountains and valleys, connected by over 15,000 miles (24,000 km) of stone-paved roads and elaborate rope bridges, some of which extended more than 175 feet (53 meters) over deep gorges. These bridges connecting the empire were so vital that they were considered sacred and the death penalty imposed on anyone who tampered with them.
In 1532, a small army of 160 Spanish conquistadores, through disease and warfare, began the swift destruction of the Inca Empire, conquering their lands and assuming their great wealth. Yet some of those ancient roads and bridges are still in use to this day.
Bridges connect two sides together. They may span rivers, gorges, or buildings. We even use the phrase building bridges to describe creating connections between and uniting different peoples.
The Bible describes Jesus as the one Mediator between God and men, who gave Himself a ransom for all (1 Timothy 2:5). In contemporary English, Jesus is the “bridge” between God and humanity. He gave Himself as the payment for the sin which separates people from God. Jesus became the vital and only bridge between God and men, so that sinners could be received by God the Father.