by Jeff A. Jenkins
Recently while attending a baseball game with some close friends I saw something that was very frightening. 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.
Fortunately the gentleman is doing well, but watching him fall left me with an eerie, 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.
Imagine that someone sitting nearby could have reached out to keep the man from falling, but was not willing to do so because of a lack of concern or some other reason.
“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 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. May we remember as we gather around the table that Christ sacrificed his life so that we may live.