Snakes and Paper Airplanes

A year for holiness

“For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” – 1 Corinthians 1:18

Have you ever doubted your faith?  Have you ever taken the time to sit down and contend with what the Bible says, the good and the bad?  What did you think?  What did you feel?  Did those doubts have any resolution or did they drive you away from the Christian faith?  We live in an empirical civilization so it is natural for us to doubt what we cannot fully understand, especially if it really makes no sense.  Consider the cross:

  • Man is fallen because of our sin and unable to do anything about it
  • God, who had been sinned against by man, chooses to do something about it
  • God chooses to add humanity to his nature so that He can take the penalty of our sin which is death
  • God dies the perfect (sinless) death in order to overturn the rules of death, thereby saving those who accept His sacrifice and take rest in it

We’ve become familiar with the gospel to a point that we overlook the magnitude of it’s message.  Imagine you make a paper airplane and fly it in a field.  The plane soars through the air but falls, crashes into a pile of rocks near a brood of poisonous snakes.  The airplane is damaged, surrounded by danger and rain is coming that will destroy it.  Do you, it’s creator, just say “Oh well” and make a new airplane or risk being bitten by the snakes in order to retrieve and repair it?

You and I are that airplane.  We are damaged, we are in a dangerous place, and the rain is coming to destroy us (death).  Jesus is that creator who risked it all to retrieve and repair us because He wanted to.  To the snakes, to the rocks, and to the grassy field it is foolishness, but to that airplane it is a glorious thing.


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