Saturday, May 10, 2008

The Line in the Sand

Jesus said, "He that is not with Me, is against Me." (Matthew 12:30).

William B. Travis made his mark in history when he drew his sword and placed that line in the sand of the Alamo courtyard. Those who crossed the line walked out of anonymity into renown, each one becoming part of an ongoing legend.

Never underestimate the power of a defining moment; that moment when history draws a line in the sand.

Jesus drew a line in the sand when He said, "He that is not with Me, is against Me." He set it in cement when He added, "I am the way, the truth, and the life; no man comes to the Father but by Me."

As one preacher said, "Christ is not one of many ways to God, nor is he the best of several ways. He is the only way." Christ is the way unchanging; He is the truth infallible; He is the life everlasting. Jesus is the way that you might be saved. He is the truth that you might be sure. He is the life that you might be satisfied. Have you stepped across that line in the sand?

We are told in Scripture that Jesus humbled Himself and became obedient unto death on the cross. For this reason God highly exalted Him, and gave Him the name which is above every name; that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.

The Bible says, “There is salvation in no other, for there is none other name under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved.” There is only one name that opens heaven’s doors and God’s heart – the name of Jesus. There is only one name that breaks the power of sin and sets the captive free – the name of Jesus. There is only one name worthy of all praise, and deserving of your allegiance – the name of Jesus.

Far from being narrow and unfair – this is the most generous and fairest of all possible solutions. God did not leave us to ourselves to find a way back to Him – for who among us knows where God is that we could first find Him for ourselves and then chart the path for all others to follow?

God alone knows where He is. God alone knows where we are. And God alone knows what it takes for us to return to Him. The Bible says that God “longs for all to be saved and to understand this truth: That God is on one side and all the people on the other side, and Christ Jesus, himself man, is between them to bring them together, by giving his life for all mankind.”

Have you stepped across that line in the sand? Could I invite you to do so today? Do so and you will discover for yourself what so many others have found to be true -- Jesus saves.


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