It seems bizarre that someone who wasÂ perishing would resist being rescued,Â and yet it happened
A 30-year old man climbed over theÂ retaining wall and jumped into the rapidsÂ of Niagaraâ€™s Horseshoe Falls. Quickly theÂ currents carried him towards the 173-footÂ drop. Even if he wanted to, there could beÂ no turning back. The 675,000 gallons ofÂ water that plunge over the cataract everyÂ second hurled him like a toothpick overÂ the famous falls.
Very few have ever survived such a fatalÂ plunge, but incredibly the man resurfacedÂ at the bottom in the fierce currents. HeÂ was conscious and clinging to a piece ofÂ driftwood. A Niagara police officer yelledÂ for him to swim towards shore. LettingÂ go of the driftwood he headed in theÂ opposite direction, swimming betweenÂ the chunks of ice.
A helicopter flew low over the man andÂ extended a pole but he refused the rescueÂ attempt and swam away. Despite theÂ treacherous conditions of ice, high windsÂ and waves the helicopter pilot angledÂ the chopper blades to create a wave thatÂ would push the man towards the shore.
Rescuers were racing against the clock.Â After thirty minutes in the icy waters theÂ man was weakening but remained totallyÂ uncooperative. A firefighter jumped intoÂ the river and pulled the perishing man toÂ shore. He was rescued against his will.Â God sees people from every walk of lifeÂ heading towards the same end. DespiteÂ the warning of Hell ahead, people swimÂ on in the swirling current of their sins.
For some the current may be religion orÂ pride. For others it may be drugs or sex.Â Everyone going to Heaven has a moment Â when Christ the Saviour â€˜pulled them outÂ of the turbulent rapidsâ€™ of sin. Do youÂ have such a moment?
Are you thinking correctly? Do youÂ understand that your sins are deadly, andÂ you will eventually perish if you resist orÂ refuse Godâ€™s rescue? Are you cooperatingÂ with God or struggling to keep yourÂ distance from Him? Tragically, peopleÂ push on in their chosen path, dodgingÂ Godâ€™s efforts to stop them.
Has something ever happened in yourÂ life that gave you thoughts of God orÂ caused you to think about life after death?Â Donâ€™t brush those thoughts aside. That isÂ equivalent to swimming in the oppositeÂ direction.
Are you avoiding the welcoming andÂ saving arms of the Lord Jesus as HeÂ invites you to come to Him for salvation?Â The Lord Jesus said He came â€œto seek andÂ to save that which was lostâ€ (Luke 19:10).Â He came to rescue sinners and to giveÂ them an abundant life (John 10:10). HeÂ invites perishing sinners, â€œCome unto me,Â all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and IÂ will give you restâ€ (Matthew 11:28).
The looming precipice is not a mereÂ 173-foot drop. Hell is ahead for sinnersÂ who refuse the Saviour. Unlike theÂ Niagara incident, there is no possibilityÂ of being rescued once the plunge is taken.Â The time to be rescued from your sins isÂ now â€“ today. God rescues no one againstÂ his will. He speaks to you through lifeâ€™sÂ circumstances and through His WordÂ the Bible. He urges you to trust Christ asÂ your Rescuer. But in the end, the choiceÂ is yours.
Jesus promised that He will never castÂ out anyone who comes to Him (JohnÂ 6:37). The Word of God promises thatÂ â€œWhosoever shall call upon the Name of theÂ Lord shall be savedâ€ (Romans 10:13).
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