Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me, John 14:6, NKJV.
A teenage friend of our family was recently chosen to be a Junior Fire Volunteer with our local Fire Department. He is very excited, and he shared with me about the protocols, the fire hall rules, and the first run he was able to join. I started to do a little research after our visit, so I could understand more about the job he was learning to do, and it struck me how much Fire/Rescue paralleled God’s work in His Kingdom.
His equipment is always at the ready. It was neat to hear how the Fireman resets his gear after each run—his boots, pants and suspenders are set a certain way; his jacket is hanging at the ready, and his helmet is within arm’s reach. God’s Word is the equipment He designed to lead us to salvation, “Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God,” (Romans 10:17). Jesus Christ’s words will last forever and He says it is by His Word we are to learn about our need for Him to be our Savior. His Word is always faithful, always true and always ready to show us the way to Him.
The Fireman is always to be ready. When the call comes in, the Fireman does not say, “That doesn’t sound that important, maybe we won’t go this time.” No, as soon as the alarm sounds, the Fireman jumps into action and goes to the fire. Jesus says, “I am not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance,” (2 Peter 3:9). He is always ready and willing to save souls.
Once the Fireman arrives at the scene, He determines the method of rescue. He takes the equipment he needs, and he heads into the burning building to get the person/people out to safety. Jesus also decided the way in which rescue would come “…no man comes to the Father except through Me,” (John 14:6). When a Fireman runs into a burning building, he does not give the victim a choice of rescue—he doesn’t say, “Well, I can save you this way, or that way, or you can decide how to save yourself.” He runs into the burning building and says, “Let’s go,” and he takes hold of the individual and brings them out of the fire. It is the same with salvation. Jesus didn’t die on the cross, experience the agony of His Father turning away because of our sin, shed His blood and rise from the dead three days later so that we could choose how we would get to Heaven. No, He said, “I am the way, the truth and the life,” (John 14:6).
Thought-provoker: Have you accepted Jesus’ rescue from sin and eternal separation from Him, or are you trying to rescue yourself?
Lord, thank You for the parallels between the Fireman and Your plan of salvation. Thank You that You are always willing and able to save the lost soul who cries out to You and You have provided all that is necessary for them to be rescued! Amen.