Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
– Matthew 6:19-21
Today in my hometown, a fighter jet crashed into an apartment building. A friend’s grandmother was saved from certain death in the burning wreckage of her home because she was at church celebrating the stations of the cross in remembrance of our Savior’s death on Good Friday. Praise the Lord for this miracle, the sparing of her life.
What an amazing story of God’s intercession and redemption of His people! We’re all just trying to get by in this world, live decently with our families, get a well-paying job, save for retirement, and build a small empire that will last. But it won’t last. Our empires are burning, so if we’re wise, we’ll store up our treasures in heaven, and like my friend’s grandmother, we’ll escape the flames of sin and death by remembering and trusting in the work of Jesus on the cross. Jesus, God among men, who loved us so much that He took our sins upon Himself and died for you and me.
What are you living for? What are you building towards? Maybe you would like to make more money. Maybe you want to meet the man or woman of your dreams. Maybe you want that big house in the right part of town. Maybe you want to raise kids that will make you proud. Maybe you want respect in your professional world. But for what? At the end of the day, it will all crumble into dust. There’s nothing you can do about it. You can’t save yourself. You can’t stop death and keep it from coming.
But Jesus saved you from death when He died in your place, and all you have to do is recognize it. If you see the burning wreck of your life and know it is true, all you have to do is trust in Jesus. Admit your sin and brokenness. Thank Him for the gift of salvation. Make Him the Lord of your life, and follow Him in the kingdom that will never die.
If this true story of God’s grace on Good Friday meant something to you, or if you know someone who needs to hear about the love of Jesus, pass it on!