I was reading in the book of Hebrews this week, and was reminded, again, of the justice and grace of God.
In Hebrews 2:3, it says, “How shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation.”
Indeed, how can we escape? The salvation has been provided. It is in Christ. His blood, on our behalf. Jesus lived the life we could never live, and offered that perfect life on the cross in our place.
Why? For the simple reason that we deserve death. Romans 6:23 states that the wages of sin is death. What we need to remember, is that death, or, eternal condemnation, is the default setting. And if we neglect this great salvation, there will be no escape.
If we were in a flood, and were drowning, we would be in trouble. If a boat came by and tossed a floatation device, and we refused, then we would not escape that flood.
That is what the death of Christ on the cross is to us. Not to trivialize it by the analogy, but that is what the death of Christ means. When we are in the flood and drowning, we need help. We cannot save ourselves on our own. There is nothing that we can do on our own. By the fact of our sin, we deserve death.
But that is where Christ comes for us. He rescued us, before we knew we needed a rescue. Before we knew salvation was required, Jesus died for us.
That is the way. John 14:6 tells us Jesus is the only way. And what we need to do is accept it.
That helps us understand the justice of God. When He rightly condemns sinners, we understand that He is just. Not unloving. But loving. Giving us a rescue, a salvation. And if we do not accept this salvation, we will perish.
Until next time, in Christ,