In our lifetime, we will find ourselves engaged in many situations or circumstances that pose a threat to our safety and maybe even to our lives that we can handle by “escaping” from them. But on the flip side, there may be situations or circumstances that we can’t escape and that we find we need to be “rescued” from instead. Why?
It is because, in those situations where “escape” can be accomplished, it is due to our own efforts and merit to overcome whatever the threat or danger may be. But in those situations where rescue is needed, it is due to our inability to overcome the threat or danger on our own efforts or merit.
It is like a person who is trapped in a burning room and who is unable to overcome the power and effects of the flames, heat, and smoke that are overcoming his/her every breath of oxygen. Unable to safely make it to an exit, this person will ultimately die of smoke inhalation and asphyxiation.
In effect, this person was not able to “escape” from the circumstances of the burning room on their own efforts or merit. They needed to have some form of external help, such as a firefighter or Good Samaritan to come to their assistance. They needed someone who had the power to overcome the circumstances of the burning room. If that had happened, we would be able to say that the person was “rescued” from the burning room by either the firefighter or Good Samaritan; we couldn’t say that they “escaped”.
The person who is trapped in that burning room has a final destiny that awaits them if they are not removed from that situation; it is the loss of their life. If they cannot do anything on their own to remove themselves, make no mistake about it, they are going to die from smoke inhalation and asphyxiation. Their self-efforts would be of no avail because they cannot overcome their physical condition.
Mankind (you and I), finds ourselves in a life-threatening situation with respect to our spiritual position and condition with God. We cannot “escape” the sentence of eternal death that God has pronounced on us as a result of the sin of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. It is a fact that mankind is destined to be thrown into the Lake of Fire, to be eternally separated from God, and to be eternally tormented.
The devil wants you to think that you can “escape” from this sentence of eternal death, separation, and torment. The devil makes you think you are not in any danger with God. The devil makes you think that all you have to do is to be good throughout your life and that will enable you to “escape” this sentence; that goodness alone will give you eternal fellowship with God.
But God tells us something very different. God tells us that we cannot “escape” His sentence of eternal damnation and wrath on our own merits or efforts. God tells us that the only way to have eternal fellowship and union with Him is through having belief and faith in Jesus Christ and thereby being “rescued” from His condemnation and wrath.
We are told in Colossians 1:13
“13For He has rescued us from the one who rules in the kingdom of darkness, and He has brought us into the Kingdom of His dear Son.”
And in John 3:16,17
“16For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. 17God did not send His Son into the world to condemn it, but to save it.”
God tells us that when we believe in His Son (Jesus Christ) for what He did for us by taking our punishment and dying on the cross; shedding His blood to provide the forgiveness of our sins; and entrusting our entire lives over to His care – only then will we be “rescued” by Jesus Christ from the sentence of eternal judgment and condemnation.
Don’t let Satan continue to deceive you with his lie that you can “escape” the eternal judgment of God by your good works.
Let today be the day you receive Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior.
Believe that He died on the cross at Calvary to pay your sin debt; that He shed His own blood on the cross for the remission of your sins; that He was raised from the dead on the third day following His crucifixion through the justification of the Father; and that He gives eternal life to all who believe in Him.
Remember that you are in need of “rescue” from the judgment of God of being thrown into the Lake of Fire to be eternally tormented and of being eternally separated from God and experiencing a spiritual eternal death that comes from it.
Again I say, let today be the day you receive Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior and let God do what only He can do for you to make your life reconciled back to Him.