I have a friend who loves to go sky diving. He and his skydiving buddies like to ride up in an airplane until they are "two miles high" and then they jump out of the plane. Sounds like fun but it could be a little bit scary if they weren't wearing their parachutes.
Parachutes have the ability to save our lives but in order for that to happen we have to be wearing them. We have to actually put on the parachute before any actual "saving" can take place.
Do you remember the Biblical story of Noah and the ark? Or course you do. Do you remember why God told Noah to build the ark?
"5 Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. 6 And the Lord was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart. 7 So the Lord said, “I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth, both man and beast, creeping thing and birds of the air, for I am sorry that I have made them.” 8 But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord." - Genesis 6:5-8
God was so upset with the wickedness of man that He chose to kill us all . . . except for Noah that is. Noah and his family were given grace by God because Noah was obedient to God's command [That's an important thing to remember] and Noah was extended grace by God because of Noah's obedience. But before Noah and his family could be saved they had to . . . get in the ark. God gave them a means by which they could be saved.
Is any of this sound familiar yet? Here's a hint: Jesus is our ark!
As I look at the news headlines I cannot help but think that we are living in the times of Noah. There is evil all around us - ISIS, violence in our cities, we are killing each other and we are murdering our babies. Lawlessness seems to be reigning as we protest our police - the very people responsible for our safety. Our politicians are caught telling lies and they get away with it. Yet, despite our wickedness and our turning away from Him, God has given us a way to escape His coming wrath. By placing our faith in His Son, Jesus.
My friends, we as a people, have exited the plane and Jesus, just like the ark and the parachute, is the only thing that can save us.
Have you got your Jesus on?
Parachute - Otto Knows