A young man took his first parachute jump and was so enraptured with the adrenalin rush of the free fall that he neglected to pull the rip cord in time.
The chute only partially opened and he landed on a freshly ploughed farmer's field which cushioned the blow of the impact. His friends rushed to him expecting the worst, and found him seriously injured, but alive and conscious. He then declared "Boy, did I blow it!"
Imagine for a moment you are standing at the open door of a plane at 10,000 feet and you have to jump. The parachute is right near the door. Will you jump without putting it on? Of course not! You know that parachute will save you from the unchanging law of gravity and you value your life and you do not wish to perish.
One day sooner or later, we all must face an unavoidable "jump" when at the end of life you and I will launch out into eternity and face another unchanging law called the moral law of God. Many know it as the Ten Commandments. This law is written on every human heart via our God-given conscience. God's Word tells us that He has appointed a day when He will judge the world in righteousness and this is the standard that God Himself has specified that He will judge us with. So let us see how you do.
Have you ever lied? Ever stolen something – perhaps time from your employer? Have you ever looked at someone with lustful desire, which Jesus called adultery of the heart? Have you used God's Holy name as a swear word, which God sees as blasphemy? Have you hated anyone – something that Jesus said was 'murder of the heart'? Then God sees you as a murderer at heart.
Based on God's perfect standards, would you be innocent or guilty on judgment day?
You, like me would be guilty of deliberately violating God's moral law and rebelling against the one true and living God who gave us life and every blessing in life. If you die in that sinful state, then God must give you His perfect justice.
That means you must be given the penalty for your crimes against God which Jesus Himself stated is everlasting separation from His goodness and presence in hell. That is not God's desire for you. The Bible says, God "is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance" (2 Peter 3, verse 9).
God's amazing love, grace and mercy has made a way for you to escape His holy righteous justice if you choose. The only way God could not compromise His perfect justice and yet at the same time, make a way for us to be saved, was to pay the price of eternal justice Himself on our behalf.
"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life" John 3:16. The Bible exhorts us to "put on the Lord Jesus Christ".
He is like our "parachute" – God's only provision for us to go free from the demands of eternal justice. There is no other way.
Man-made religion, 'good' works and your own morality fall far short of God's Holy requirements, and are like parachutes with holes, completely unable to save you. God's holiness is perfection and only perfection is permitted in His presence.
How foolish and terrifying to jump from a plane without a parachute when one is readily available. Christ was crucified and rose again from the dead for your pardon and forgiveness.
How unwise it is to neglect taking this provision by faith that God has provided. To reject God's amazing love gift of pardon and peace with Him will have an inevitable just result on the Day of Judgment. If you die in your sins, there are no second chances, and it will be terrifying to "fall into the hands of the living God" (Hebrews 10:31) and face His Holy unchanging justice. Your final destiny will be the "lake of fire" which is the "second death" (Revelation 20:14-15).
Today, please repent, turn from your sin and trust Christ's finished work on the cross as full payment for your sin and God will cleanse you from every sin you have ever committed and grant you His gift of eternal life. Humble yourself and trust in Jesus today. You may not have tomorrow. God wants to give you a brand new life that lasts forever. His love leaves the choice with you. Please, do not blow it for eternity. To find out more about responding to God, see "Could God love someone like me?" on page 11. •