Not far from my home a tragedy occurred recently—a young man instantly killed in the crash of a car.
He had been drinking, ignoring the fact that alcohol and gasoline must not be mixed. He was driving at an excessive speed, estimated by the highway patrol to have been nearly one hundred miles per hour—when the posted limit was forty-five. There was a warning sign, “Sharp Curve,” which he ignored, and beyond the curve another sign, “Narrow Bridge,” which, if he saw it at all, he saw too late. And he was driving at night!
There was a deafening crash against the heavy concrete abutment. Twisted metal and broken glass scattered in every direction around the blazing inferno. And in a ditch forty feet away lay the shattered body of a young man who had neglected to give heed to the law and the warning signals of danger ahead.
The Bible warns constantly that there is danger ahead for the unrepentant sinner, a danger so great that God has taken every precaution to enable man to avoid it. How solemn the words, “He who is often reproved, yet stiffens his neck will suddenly be broken beyond healing” (Prov. 29:1).
A key word of the Christian faith is “salvation.” Although it may not be popular in some circles today, the fact remains that, if the Scriptures are true, Christ came into the world to save sinners—to save them from the dangers ahead, and for his eternal home.
The writer of the Epistle to the Hebrews begins by telling of the many ways in which God has spoken to us, first by the prophets and then by sending his own Son, “whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. He reflects the glory of God and bears the very stamp of his ...1
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