Above the Line

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A blue line is painted on the road that leads to my house on the hill. It is unlike any other road markings. As you will see from the picture, there’s a blue strip across the road, a wave symbol, and the words tsunami safe zone.

The idea is, if you get above the line you will be safe from a tsunami. Wellington, New Zealand, where I live, is a hilly city; it is by the sea and is also very prone to earthquakes and, therefore, tsunami.

So, there are blue lines on all of the roads that lead uphill, a continual reminder – indeed, a warning – of potential disaster. A lot of planning, based on elevations above sea level, went into deciding the placing of the blue lines. Yet can the people of Wellington be certain that, if they are just above the line, they would be safe from the devastating effects of a tsunami? Nobody knows for sure – but everyone hopes so!

Can I ask you, are you sure of going to Heaven, or do you “hope so”?
What about God’s way of salvation? Can I ask you, are you sure of going to Heaven, or do you “hope so”? Did Christ die on the cross so that we could only “hope” to be safe from God’s judgment on our sins? No, the Bible is certain: Jesus said, “I am the way” (John 14.6). He spoke of a narrow way that leads to life (Read Matthew 7:13-14), and He was speaking of eternal life. When you trust in Him you enter on the narrow road – it’s like getting above the blue line – and you will be saved and safe.

The blue lines are distinctive from other road markings, which is good. However, as people see them daily they get used to them and begin not to notice them. Also, in some places they get worn down by traffic, so that unless they are repainted, you would hardly be able to see a line in an emergency, especially in the dark.

Could it be that you have heard the gospel story so often you have “got used to it” like the drivers going every day over the lines? Or, has it become for you like the worn down blue line – faded from your consciousness? If so, may this article stir you up – your eternal destiny is at stake. There is a tsunami of judgment coming your way!

Wellington city had a huge reality check on November 16, 2016, just after midnight, when a 7.8 earthquake struck. After the violent shaking stopped, the continuous broadcasts began, warning of a possible tsunami, “If you are in lowlying suburbs, move to higher ground immediately…” From my house high on the hill I could see the headlights of vehicles moving up nearby hills. Whole families huddled in their cars during the night, taking refuge on high ground. But many families didn’t listen to the warning, or ignored it. They went back to sleep! They took an awful risk. Thankfully there was no tsunami that night for they were in the danger zone.

We are told what to do “if” there’s danger of a tsunami. There is a difference, however, with the warnings in the Bible about God’s coming judgment. It’s not a case of “if” but “when”. God is incredibly merciful and patient towards sinners, and offers the gift of eternal life (Romans 6.23). But when His righteous judgment falls, it will be swifter than a tsunami. There will be no escape for the unbeliever.

The good news is that you can get into the “safe zone” of salvation. Here are just two of the assurances in the Bible: “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved” (Acts 16:31). And, “He who believes in the Son has everlasting life” (John 3.36). Can you get anything more beautifully simple and sure than that? But you need to heed this message! It’s as urgent as the rescue of Lot and his family from Sodom, who were told, “Escape for your life! Do not look behind you” (Genesis 19.17).

Dear reader, if you stay in your sinful state, will you perish forever? YES! Can you get into God’s safe zone, and live forever? YES! So, why are you waiting?

L M Thomson

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