Last week our church had VBS and the theme was Ocean Commotion, so obviously it was all about Noah. All week long we sang songs about this Bible story and event in history. We learned about sea creatures, and of course the flood, and how Noah and his family were the only ones who trusted and believed God. They were the only ones who safely got in the ark because they believed God would do what He said!
On the last night of our Bible school, I had the privilege of talking with three children who had each received Christ during the week! What a blessing to talk with them about their decision. They were each sure they were now God’s child and on their way to heaven!
- They understood they were a sinner
- They knew Christ died for them
- They accepted His death on the cross as payment for their sin
- They repented and confessed their need for Christ and each had an assurance they were on their way to heaven!
I came home rejoicing! Here were three more, who in essence said like Noah and his family, – “I’m going in!” They made a choice!
The morning after the last day of VBS, I opened my Bible to the reading plan I’m going through and I read in Matthew 24:37-39 ~
But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
God had something else to tell me about this account of judgment on the world. As I read the verses above I realized that:
- People were going on their way doing their normal things at the time of Noah’s warnings.
- They were eating.
- They were drinking.
- People were ignoring his pleas and were planning special events like weddings. That means there were young people brushing off the coming doom.
- People were giving away their children in marriage. That means there were old people scoffing at the warnings of Noah.
But there was a day that did come that awakened them to the truth, but it was then too late. And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away. Where did it take them? To their death. They had been warned, but ignored the warnings and now they were taken away. Those wedding bouquets and decorations were now just a part of the accumulation of great devastation. The meals so carefully prepared, pulled off the tables, out of the houses and into the current that swept everything away. It took them all away.
Today we aren’t preaching about a worldwide flood to come; we have a promise that that will never happen again. We are, however, warning that Christ is coming soon, and we each need to be ready by simply accepting what those three precious children at VBS did last week. You must walk through the One Door (Jesus Christ) to receive Christ as the penalty for your sin. Just as there was only one way into the ark, there is only One way to heaven, and it is Christ -not good works, baptism, church membership or being kind. Christ did it all for us!
Have you trusted Christ as the only way to heaven? Are you looking for His return with eager anticipation, or are you like the people in Noah’s day, going on your way planning all your life and events without even considering the coming judgment if you don’t receive Him? Don’t be among those who will be “taken away” to eternal punishment in hell; accept the deliverance that Christ came to give you so you, too, can be safely inside!
Are you ready?