I would like to tell you a true story of a family that went for a hike in the mountains of Washington State.
The mother and her two eldest sons went one way on the rugged mountain trail and the youngest son with some other people they were hiking with went the other way.
As it happens the youngest son changed his mind and decided to turn around and catch up with his family. On the way back he came to the edge of a 71 ft. cliff and yelled down to his mother, “Hey mom, mom I am coming down!”
His mother heard him and turned to see him at the top of the cliff next to a small waterfall and yelled back, “be careful!”
But as he turned to walk away from the cliff he slipped on the build-up of pine needles there on the edge. He slipped off the edge of the cliff catching a branch with his hand at the last moment.
But unfortunately, his grip on the branch failed and he slipped away and free fell down the side of this cliff. Bouncing on the rough jagged basalt rocks below three times before he disappeared behind a log and some brush.
Of course, the mother gasped and screamed aloud at the sight of her child falling. After he fell, she took off running to where she had last seen him disappear. As she ran, she prepared herself for the worst.
But praise God, He catches His children!
When she came around the corner she found her son on his hands and knees, in the shallow water, on the edge of the pool, at the bottom of the falls.
With his eyes wide open saying, “Save me Jesus, save me, Jesus!”
Later the father spoke about this moment, “no choir song has been more beautiful to a mother’s ears!” God preserved the life of this young adolescent boy.
As well, by God’s providence, a rescue team was just down the road training for just this kind of event.
They came down and rescued the boy, putting him on a backboard, carrying him up the rocky slope to the ambulance waiting above. Then took him to the hospital where he was treated and receiving 21 stitches. Yet amazingly, not one broken bone.
As a matter of fact, he was back in school that week with only the use of Advil for the pain.
What a wonderful testimony of how God will catch His children when they fall off the cliff of life into eternity. He loves you so much He has prepared for you a way to be saved.
But what you need to realize is that you have offended God. You have broken His Holy Law. When you stand before Him after death you will be judged for everything you have ever done in word, deed, and thought.
You will be found guilty of lying, stealing, hatred, coveting others’ possessions, lust, murder, and adulatory either in your heart or literally. To top it off you have not honored God, but you have worshipped and made many other things of this world more important than Him.
Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. 1 Corinthians 6:9-10
Jesus said, “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder; and whoever murders will be liable to judgment.’ But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment;”
Jesus also said, “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” Matthew 5:21-22, 27-28
If no one is there to catch you, your destination will be death and hell. A place of eternal punishment for your crimes, your sins. I do not want you to go there. But there is hope! Praise God, there is hope for your eternal soul!
God loves you so much He sent His Son Jesus Christ to die in your place. He sent Him that He may catch you from falling into Hell. To take the punishment you deserve.
For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through Him. Whoever believes in Him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because He has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. John 3:16-18
You need to acknowledge and understand the gravity of your present situation. Turn from your life of sin and rebellion against God. Repent of your sins and confess them to God and not to men. Then give your life completely over to Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins.
And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment, Hebrews 9:27
Jesus lived a perfect life of thirty-three years. He intentionally went to the cross, was beaten, tortured, wiped severally to the point of being unrecognizable, and died for your sins. If that was not enough, He took the entire Wrath of God that you deserve for the multitudes of sins you have committed in your lifetime.
The good news is that He did not stay dead, but three days later He rose from the dead, by the power of the Holy Spirit. Death had no power over Him because He is God.
For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that He was buried, that He was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, 1 Corinthians 15:3-4
Trust Him by faith, follow and obey Him in everything. You must put your faith in Him for salvation, believing He has saved you from eternal death.
Please listen to my plea for your life and soul today. Your time on earth is growing short. You don’t know when you will die. You just might be standing on the edge of the cliff at this very moment. You may turn to do something else, slip over the cliff into eternity, and forever endure punishment because of your sins.
Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit,” yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. James 4:13-14
Give yourself to Jesus Christ today, before it is too late.
Then Jesus told His disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul? For the Son of Man is going to come with His angels in the glory of His Father, and then He will repay each person according to what he has done. Matthew 16:24-27
Open the Bible, read, and study it. Receive God’s Holy Spirit, which will change you into a new person. He promises that He will give you a new heart and a new mind that you no longer desire those sinful ways and behaviors. You will desire what is good and pleasing to the Lord and hate the sin you used to love and enjoy.
Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” Nicodemus said to Him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?”
Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.” John 3:3-8
Read the Bible starting in the book of John and the other three first books of the New Testament to start.
God will lead, guide, and direct your step. He will give you a new outlook on life. He will give you a job, a purpose to seek, and to save the lost who also are on the cliff edge of eternity. He will give you the great honor and privilege to save them from certain death and destruction.
Then one day when you do go over that cliff He will catch you and preserve you because of His promise and great love for you. He and all His angels will greet you into heaven on that day. With great celebration and rewards, you will enjoy everlasting joy, happiness, and life will be yours forevermore. All because of the great love and sacrifice of Jesus Christ.
Please consider your eternal destination today, repent, turn to Jesus today to save your soul from death.