We are driving down the interstate on our way to school. There are five lanes full of cars, all going between 70 and 85 miles per hour. On the inside shoulder, between the southbound and northbound lanes, a man is standing rolling some kind of cart with small wheels. It is not a stroller, but it is about the same size. He is facing the southbound lanes, with his head turned toward oncoming traffic. Further ahead, on the other outside shoulder, I see a car stopped. The man is trying to get back across the interstate to that car. I wonder how long he will have to wait to find an opening long enough for him to make it that far. I wonder if he will wait long enough, or if he will get hit, or if someone will cause a wreck when the car ahead of them stops to let him cross. The only solution I came up with is an emergency services vehicle coming to his rescue. He needs someone with flashing lights to pick him up and carrying him across the traffic.
This man’s predicament is not as bad as our spiritual predicament. Sinners find themselves on the edge of death, trying to cross over into eternal life. But our ability to get across is far less likely than crossing a busy interstate on foot. In fact, we would find it easier to walk across the galaxy to a distant star than transport ourselves to eternal life. We need help. Thankfully, Jesus provided that help. He crossed eternity to provide us a way to heaven. “For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive Canand remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord” (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17). Jesus will someday return to our solar system to usher us into eternal life. Do not try to cross on your own!