the right parachute
The Upward Look, by Jon Forrest The Right Parachute
Four people—a pilot, a professor, a pastor, and a hiker—were flying in a small plane when the engines died. The pilot said, “There are only three parachutes. Since this is my plane, I’m taking one of them.” He put it on and jumped out. The professor said, “I’m the most brilliant man in the world and the world needs me, so I’m taking a parachute,” and he jumped out.
Then the pastor told the hiker, “I don’t want to be selfish, so you take the last parachute.” The hiker replied, “There are still two left, so we can each have one. The most brilliant man in the world just jumped out with my backpack!” Though the professor thought he would land safely, his assurance was based on faulty thinking.
Some people have an assurance of salvation based on faulty thinking. They believe that church attendance or just being good will gain them approval from God and get them to heaven someday. But all the good works in the world will fail them. The only way to eternal life is a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
John wrote his first letter for the purpose of bringing the assurance of salvation to the believers who read it. The 13th verse of the 5th chapter reads, “I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.”
Many people are like the professor in our story. They believe that God just has to save them because they are important or because they are very smart or because they are rich or because they have done some good things along the way and so on.
The Bible teaches that “There is no one righteous, not even one;” Romans 3:10. Later in that chapter the Apostle Paul writes, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” Romans 3:23.
John wanted to leave no doubt in our minds what it took to gain eternal life and how to be sure it belonged to us. He wanted us to know that faith in Jesus Christ was the only way to attain it and the only way to be sure we had it. Jesus is the only parachute from which we can jump from this life into the life that is safe and secure for all eternity.
This Sunday we will continue our series on The Jesus Difference with Part 11 titled, “Blessed Assurance” based on 1 John 5:6-13. Join me and the FCC family as we explore and enjoy the assurance God has given his children for all eternity.