There I sat, this past Saturday, behind the steering wheel of my bus with a load of passengers slowly going nowhere. I, along with seemingly 5000 other vehicles, was on a jam packed detour route as the annual Santa Parade made its way along 3 major closed off streets in the downtown core of Ottawa. I ended up being 35 minutes behind schedule and losing out on my coffee break.
Here is what went on inside my brain as I sat going nowhere with the multitude of others:
This particular traffic jam was in direct relationship to the reality of Hell, I thought. For if there was no such a place as Hell, there would not have been a need for Jesus to come to earth and die for the sins of His people as their substitute. Had Jesus not come to earth, there would not have been a man-made celebration called Christmas. Had there been no Christmas, there would not have been a man-made concept of Santa. Had there been no Santa, there would not have been a parade. Had there been no parade, there would not have been a traffic jam. Had there been no traffic jam, I would have remained on schedule and would not have lost my coffee break.
I wondered how many on my bus, how many sitting in traffic and how many of the thousands who lined the streets of Ottawa for this parade ever contemplated that none of what they were experiencing at the time would be going on had it not been for the reality of place called Hell and the need for the Second Person of the Holy Trinity to enter into the realm of humanity, though still fully God, to rescue His people, His elect, from it.
"She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins." - Matthew 1:21
"His people"? Yes, Jesus did not die for all humanity but specifically for His people whom God chose for Himself before the creation of the universe as we read in Paul's letter to the Christian believers in Ephesus (Ephesians 1). He came to die on a cross to pay for the sins of His people (all those who have repented of their sins and trusted Christ as their Lord AND their Saviour) that they may be set free from the bondage of sin, death and their just punishment in Hell for breaking God's laws (sin). With justice being fully satisfied and God's wrath against sin fully appeased, eternal life and reward await the sinner saved by grace, being seen by God as He sees His Son: sinless, stainless, shameless, blameless, guiltless, righteous, pure and holy.
Are you one of "His people" freely travelling on the narrow road that leads to Heaven OR are you stuck in the traffic jam on the broad road that leads to Hell? If the latter, there is an exit provided for you that leads to eternal life. Turn onto the crossroad, keep going straight and you will be saved! There is room for you and, best of all, no traffic jams.
Jesus said, "Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow is the road that leads to life, and only a few find it." - Matthew 7:13-14