The Gift of God

Earlier this year, a young man by the name of Mamoudou Gassama, an immigrant from Mali living in Paris, went with a group of friends to watch a football match at a little restaurant. Suddenly they noticed a commotion across the street. People were yelling and cars were honking. Looking up, Mamoudou noticed a four-year old boy dangling from the railing of a fifth-story balcony. He was hanging on for dear life nearly fifty feet above the street below. Without a moment's hesitation, Mamoudou ran across the street and began pulling himself up the exterior of the apartment complex from balcony to balcony. Finally reaching the boy, he pulled him to safety while everyone cheered. As a result of his heroic actions, he was given a medal and certificate of heroism from the French president, was granted French residency and a fast track to becoming a French citizen, and was given an internship as a firefighter. Last month he became a citizen of France.

You know, each one of us could be represented by that little four-year-old boy. We wander outside where we don't belong and clamber over the guard rails that have been set up to protect us. As we dangle there, we realize that the only thing our actions have earned us is death. But just in time, Jesus comes rushing over to rescue us. He lifts us up with his big strong arm and hauls us to safety. Paul tells us that, "the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord" (Romans 6:23). We've all climbed over that railing. We all have earned death. But Jesus is there to rescue us. Isn't that wonderful news!