A couple of years ago while attending a Rangers game with some close friends I saw something that I’ll never forget. We watched a fan reach for a foul ball over a railing and he fell thirty feet from the upper deck to the ground level bleachers.
Thankfully the gentleman survived the fall, but seeing what happened left me with an eerie, empty, helpless feeling. I so wanted to reach out across the stadium and help the man, but I was powerless to do so.
My desire to help could not overcome by inability to help. It seems like that is the way it is with many situations. We want to help people who are falling. We want to help families that are struggling. We want to help fellow Christians who are going through difficult times. But more often than not we are unable
Imagine another scenario. Imagine someone sitting close to that falling fan that could have reached out to save him, but refused to so do so because of a lack of concern or some other reason.
As it concerns our salvation there is only one who has both the ability and the willingness to save us. How blessed we are to serve a God who can save us and who will save us.
“And you were dead in your trespasses and sins, in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience…But God, being rich in mercy, because of his great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with him, and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come he might show the surpassing riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.” (Ephesians 2:1-7)
Our God is rich in mercy and in love. He has the power to make us alive together with Christ. He made this possible by allowing Jesus to die for us. (Romans 5:8) God has both the power to save and the desire to save. Praise God. God can and God will.
As we gather this Sunday to observe the memorial feast let us be thankful that our God can and our God will save us from falling!
Dear Father, we are thankful that You have both the power and the willingness to reach out to save us when we are falling. Help us dear God to remember as we gather around the table that Christ sacrificed his life so that we may live. In His Name we Pray, Amen.