We’ve all seen scary adverts about fire safety in our homes. Images of being rudely awakened from sleep by the piercing beep of smoke detectors and the alarming whiff of acrid smoke. The story is told of early settlers who one day became aware that they were in the direct path of a prairie fire whipped up into a lethal inferno by a strong wind blowing straight towards them.
As grave concern turned into mild panic one member of the party took charge and began to set fire to the tall grass and shrubs right where they stood. All around them fire took hold and licked up the dry grass, flames leapt high into the air. What seemed like some kind of suicidal madness slowly began to unfold as their only hope of redemption from the approaching inferno that was now closer than ever. The area around them that was recently burned could not be burned again and thus provided a safe haven from that which approached.
This story provides a powerful illustration of how Jesus saves us from the fire of God’s wrath towards all sin. Jesus has experienced, on our behalf, the holy fire of God’s pure justice against sin and therefore, at the foot of the cross, is a patch of burned ground upon which we may safely stand in the knowledge that ground once burned will not be subject to burning again.
As the verse below indicates, we have a choice which comes by way of faith in Jesus Christ. I wonder where you will choose to stand? “Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on him.” John 3 verse 36