he story is told of a man who took a boat to cross a river on a blustery winter day and was soon overcome by the choppy waves. Pitched into the icy water, the man was able to crawl atop the capsized boat, but found himself being taken downstream towards a deadly waterfall that was fifteen minutes away.
Three witnesses on the shore saw the helpless man’s plight and devised a plan to race ahead to a bridge that spanned the river and lower a rope for the man to grab as he floated by. They dangled the rope at the perfect moment, well within the reach of the man, but to no avail. The man’s hands were frozen and could not grip the lifeline. He passed under the bridge and soon plunged over the steep falls to his death.
Horrified, the failed rescuers realized too late that instead of lowering the rope, they should have lowered a man.
As the late preacher Robert Jennings of Sedalia, Missouri once wrote concerning this tale, “God, in His wisdom and mercy, sent no rope of self-help. He sent His Son to rescue His people from their sins – its penalty and power. And all credit goes to God and to the Lamb.”
“It is all God’s salvation. The redeemed admit they were saved. They were rescued. God gets the glory. Man is humbled. Angels and men are on their faces (Revelation 7:11)” ― Robert Jennings, 1949-2012.
“I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will but the will of him who sent me.” ― John 6:38.
“Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them” ― Hebrews 7:25.
“And they [a great multitude which no one could count] cry out with a loud voice, saying, “Salvation to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb” ― Revelation 7:10.