A couple of television shows that I am currently watching have a common theme—saving the human race.
Salvation is a show about a huge meteor that will collide with the earth in just a few months. The impact of this meteor would surely wipe out all human life. Few people are aware of this impending danger, but those who do know of it are scrambling to find a way to divert the meteor and save the planet.
The other show, The Last Ship, tells the story of a virus that threatened to kill all humanity. After hundreds of millions of deaths, mankind finally found a cure for the awful disease. Now, the virus has mutated and is killing crops all over the planet. The race is on to stop the virus from causing everyone to die of starvation.
All of this intense drama is quite entertaining. The stakes are high, and the consequences of failure are almost too terrible to even think about.
This drama, however, is pure fiction. There is a real drama playing out before us in which the stakes are even higher. Not just the lives of all human beings, but their eternal souls, are at stake. Every person on the face of the earth has been infected with sin, and this will lead to their eternal death unless something is done about it.
Thankfully, something has been done! God sent his Son Jesus to save the world from their sins. And Jesus has sent his followers out into the world to bring to him as many people as we can, so they can escape destruction and enjoy eternal life.
The stakes couldn’t get any higher than that!
“He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.”—1 John 2:2.
“Save others by snatching them from the fire…”—Jude 23.