Rejecting Christ: Parable of a burning house

Why would we reject someone who came to save us from impending disaster? Photo: Kid Gibson

MOSCOW, February 4, 2012 – The rejection of Jesus Christ by so many today is one of the most puzzling things to observe.

It is, in fact, difficult to conceive anything more irrational. After all, why would we reject someone who offers to save us from impending disaster?

To illustrate, consider this.

Imagine you wake up in the middle of a night only to realize that the building in which you live is on fire. You run to the door, but when you open it you are met with a wall of heat and smoke. You turn around and run to the window, but it is too high to jump. There is no escape. As smoke rises all around you, death seems inevitable. Just when it seems everything is lost, a man suddenly breaks in through the door. He carries a fireproof cloak, which he holds out toward you.

“Put it on and come with me,” he says. “I’ll carry you out.”

You, however, look at the man and say, “No, I’m staying here.”

“Please, come,” he pleads. “If you stay here, you’ll die.”

“No,” you reply. “I don’t want to go anywhere.”

“Please, I don’t want you to perish here. Come to your senses and come with me,” cries the man.

“Go away! I don’t want to have anything to do with you,” you yell just as you are to be about engulfed by the flames.

To reject the savior who breaks through the fire to save you from a burning house would be foolish beyond words. None of us would ever think of spurning such an offer.

And yet this is essentially what we do when we reject Jesus Christ. Having committed countless sins, we are inevitably headed for the fire of God’s judgment. Guilty and fallen, there is nothing we can do to save ourselves. But just when things look most hopeless, Jesus Christ breaks through the flames of God’s wrath with his offer of salvation.

“Come with me, and I’ll take you to safety,” he says to you and me.

Amazingly, some of use choose to spurn this offer. “I want to have nothing to do with you. Go away,” we retort angrily.

This is surely the most unwise decision we can ever make: Rejecting God’s offer of life and choosing to go to a place where “the fire is never quenched” and where “the worm never dies.”

“It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of a living God,” the Bible warns. Sinful as we are, it is only by “God’s mercies that we have not been consumed.”

We would do well to ponder the fact that the day of reckoning is not far, for life is like “a vapor.” And once we are gone, our eternal destiny is sealed – God’s offer of salvation extends only into this life.

“It is appointed to men once to die, but after this the judgment,” says the book of Hebrews.

The question is this: Do you want to face God’s judgment? Do you feel so upright and good that you can look God in the eye and say, “I am a righteous one.” Do you really think you can withstand his holy scrutiny?

The fact is, none of us can, for “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” What could, then, to be more unreasonable than not to accept God’s offer of salvation?

Human beings should count themselves very fortunate that God is not only a righteousness judge, but also a forgiving father. If we, however, choose to decline his offer of mercy we will leave him with no option but to pronounce a judgment.

This is God’s free offer of forgiveness: “Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life.”

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Born and raised under communism, Vasko Kohlmayer is a naturalized American citizen. He has lived in several countries under various forms of government, but he still marvels at the goodness of God and the wonder of life.

He has written for a number of newspapers, magazines and internet journals. Vasko currently lives in Europe with his long-suffering wife and two beautiful daughters. He is the founder of The Christian Writers Foundation.

His column “Higher Things” deals with matters pertaining to God. You can read more by clicking on this link.

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Vasko Kohlmayer

Born and raised under communism, Vasko Kohlmayer is a naturalized American citizen. He has lived in several countries under various forms of government, but he still marvels at the goodness of God and the wonder of life. He has discovered that no matter how many places you've been, there is always something new to learn wherever you go.

Having started with sciences, he earned degrees in philosophy and literature. He has written for a number of newspapers, magazines and internet journals on subjects ranging from Russian politics to the gold standard. Vasko currently lives in Europe with his long-suffering wife and two beautiful daughters. He is the founder of The Christian Writers Foundation.  

 

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