The Golden Gate Bridge Turns 85 Today

On this day in 1933, in the midst of the Great Depression, construction began on the Golden Gate Bridge, as workers began excavating 3.25 million cubic feet of dirt for the structure’s huge anchorages. Following the Gold Rush boom that began in 1849, speculators realized the land north of San Francisco Bay would increase in value in direct proportion to its accessibility to the city. Soon, a plan was hatched to build a bridge that would span the Golden Gate, a narrow, 400-foot deep strait that serves as the mouth of San Francisco Bay, connecting the San Francisco Peninsula with Marin County. When the Golden Gate Bridge officially opened on May 27, 1937, it was the longest bridge span in the world at the time. The first public crossing had taken place the day before, when approximately 200,000 people walked, ran, and even roller skated over the new bridge. With its tall towers and famous red paint job, the bridge quickly became a famous American landmark and a symbol of San Francisco.

Elsewhere on our website, you can view the top ten bridges in America. According to the Associated Press, there are 607,380 bridges in the United States. But their study offers alarming news. They found that 65,605 of those bridges, over ten percent, are classified as “structurally deficient.” Of those, 20,808 are “fracture critical.”

The point of a bridge is to get someone from one place to another, which he or she could not otherwise access. But with the passing of years, wear and tear, and weather assaults, bridges eventually fail. Except one. Paul told Timothy, “There is one mediator [bridge] between God and man, the man Christ Jesus” (1 Timothy 2:5).

We need a bridge to God, because in our efforts to get there on our own, we can’t be good enough, give enough, pray enough, or excel enough. There is this huge chasm between us and God that only Jesus could bridge. When he said “It is finished” (John 19:30), he finished the bridge. The toll has been paid. With his resurrection that bridge opened to all a personal access to God that otherwise would have never been possible. All that is left is for us is, by simple faith in Christ, to cross over.

The next step is yours.

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