“Stop, Elizabeth!” I shouted. “Stop! Stop! Stop!” The bike, however, wouldn’t stop, but kept on rolling down the hill. To the left was an approximate six to ten foot cliff into a very large ditch (small valley, really) — something I didn’t even know about as the bike was rolling along, gaining speed.
Elizabeth had just begun to use this new bike. In fact, it was her brother’s, and she was just “borrowing” it. I thought it was a good idea, at first, since she was growing now, and it seemed natural that she would “grow into” a bicycle this size (it was just a little bigger than her previous one).
But I hadn’t figured on this! Now, the bike was going down a hill, and Elizabeth being somewhat scared couldn’t seem to find the brakes! It was a runaway bike!!!
As I cried out and looked in the distance, there I saw him. A man, about my own age (38), standing there, hearing me cry out the words, “Stop, Elizabeth! Stop, Elizabeth! Stop, Elizabeth!”. But it was no use! Elizabeth was not stopping!
Like a mighty warrior, he stood there, with his arms outstretched, ready to catch the bike now headed straight towards him! This man who was surely put there by God stood his ground and did not budge but rather braced himself firmly! Though he knew that he might have to suffer for doing it, yet he was willing to “stand in the gap”, to do what she herself could not do at this point: He absorbed (took) her shock and her pain. He took the blow for her. And he did it willfully! Praise the Lord!
“Bam!” the bike rolled right into him. By God’s grace, it worked! Elizabeth was spared potentially serious harm, and the man, by God’s grace, recovered from his willfull “fall” on my daughter’s behalf as he bore the impact of the runaway bike. What a wonderful, heroic act! What a blessing to be able to meet a man like this, at such a time as this!! Praise the Lord!
How much like our Lord and Savior, who himself “took our blows” on the cross. As Isaiah the prophet wrote of Jesus, “Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.” (Isaiah 53:4-5)
That’s right! In the same way that this man “took my daughter’s blow”, Jesus also “took our blows” as this verse says. When he died on the cross, he “bore our griefs” and “carried our sorrows” (verse 4). He was “wounded for our transgressions” and was “bruised for our iniquities” (verse 5). Oh, what love! What amazing love!!!
You see, the pain that Jesus suffered while on the cross was the same pain that you and I deserved to suffer. As people who have gone astray from God, we have each gotten on our own “runaway (out of control) bicycles”. These bicycles are all headed for a steep cliff!!! Left to ourselves, we would all go right over the cliff, and perish!!! But Jesus in his mercy “stood in the gap” and took our impact. Just like that man who rescued my daughter, Jesus has taken the blow that our sins deserve. That is an act that occured in the past.
Now, for those who have not trusted in Christ for the forgiveness of their sins, there is yet … one more act to go!!! Just trust him! That’s right!!! As Jesus himself said, “Be not afraid, only believe.” (Mark 5:36)
Believe that he died for you.
Believe that he loves you.
Believe that you have eternal life simply by believing in his name.
It is really that simple.
Do you believe? … Believe!
Trust in him for the forgiveness of your sins. He wants to rescue you today!
“Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?” (John 11:25-26)
“He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son. And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.” (1 John 5:10-13)