"The Only Path to Life"
January 27, 2015
You make known to me the path of life; in Your presence there is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore. Psalms 16:11
About a week or two ago, the alarms at the International Space Station went off.
Sensors said there was a "leak of harmful substances from the cooling system." Every test seemed to be indicating ammonia gas was entering the U.S. module.
Immediately, the crew followed the only option which was open to them: they beat a retreat into the Russian compartment and sealed off the U.S. section of the Space Station.
It took a bit of time, but eventually the experts on the ground managed to figure things out and sent up instructions to the space crew on how they could clean things up. Thankfully, the danger hadn't been as bad as everyone had first thought.
Still, I wondered what thoughts raced through the minds of those astronauts as they huddled together in the small space of the Russian compartment. How did they feel?
Were they bitter about the fact that, with death being all around them, they had been forced to take the only path which could lead them to safety? Were they upset by the fact they had been forced to entrust themselves to the only place which could shelter and save them?
Or is it possible they gave thanks for that special path and their life-giving location?
You know, my friends, the same questions could be asked about how we feel about the salvation God has given us in His Son, Jesus. Because of divine grace Jesus came into this world to live for us, suffer for us, die for us, and rise for us.
He has become the Person, the Path, the Place who saves us; there is no one else.
Once again, the question is, "How does that make you feel?"
There are many who think God is being unfair by offering humanity only one way to heaven. There are others who think God's actions come from a cruel Dictator and not a loving Lord. How does salvation through Jesus alone make you feel?
I pray you may join with the psalmist, and with a grateful, thankful heart, say, "(In Jesus) You make known to me the path of life; in Your presence there is fullness of joy, at Your right hand there are pleasures for evermore."
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, I give thanks You have provided a Savior who is the Person who has won forgiveness for me. I rejoice that He is the Path from earth to heaven. I am incredibly grateful that in Him I will always be safe. For these great gifts of grace and love I offer up unceasing praise. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries