Several years ago, National Geographic magazine described
a forest fire in Yellowstone National Park in the United
States. After it ended, forest rangers trekked up a mountain
to assess the damage. One ranger found a bird literally burned
to ashes at the base of a tree. Somewhat sickened by the eerie
sight, he knocked over the bird with a stick.
When he struck it, three tiny baby birds scurried from under
their dead mother’s wings. The loving mother, keenly aware of
impending disaster, had carried her offspring to the base of the
tree and had gathered them under her wings. She could have flown
to safety but had refused to abandon her babies. What a picture of
the believer who is safe in Christ!
The fires of God’s judgment burned themselves out on Him, at Calvary,
and all who are in Christ are safe forever beneath His wings. At the
cross, Christ was judged as a condemned sinner so that we could be judged
as righteous citizens of the heavenly kingdom. He was judged as a criminal
so that we could be set free from the destructive fires of eternal loss, both
figuratively and, yes, literally, as well.
"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever
believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." John 3:16
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