God Who Is Able
The annual television broadcast of professional football’s Super Bowl has evolved into more of a showplace for commercials than for athletics. One of the most stunning commercials aired during Super Bowl 2000 supported the development of medical and technical solutions for victims of spinal cord injury. Through the magic of computer technology, actor Christopher Reeve, who became a quadriplegic in a May, 1995 accident, was shown “walking” across a stage to receive an award. The computer-enhanced film of Reeve “walking” was so lifelike that the sponsoring organization received numerous calls from people who wanted to pursue the same treatment Reeve had received. To walk, and walk without falling, is the dream of many.
Hopefully, modern medicine will give mobility and ongoing hope to thousands who endure painful and frustrating limitations in their physical bodies. The hope of rising from a wheelchair and walking, unassisted, for even a few steps, is a courageous and worthy goal. Yet even the strongest and most mobile among us have one last speed bump in our path that threatens to make us stumble for eternity. And no scientific, medicinal, or high-tech solution can get us across it without our falling.
That final hurdle is death. The Bible tells us that, without reservation or exception, every human being is destined to die (Rom. 5:12; Heb. 9:27), and that following that death we will be judged by God for how we walked throughout our life. And while we may have walked without falling physically, we have all fallen short of the glory of God spiritually (morally; Rom. 6:23).
What, then, are we to do? Jude tells us that our only hope is to turn to the one who is able to keep us from falling. Because Jesus Christ walked perfectly in our place—he walked his whole life without falling morally in God’s sight—we are able to stand before God’s throne without fault, and with great joy.
Even those who can walk physically in this life need God’s help to keep death from disabling them forever. Since we are not able to walk past death and judgment without falling, we must trust in “him who is able... through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
God’s Promise to You: “My Son never stumbled, and he can keep you from falling as well.”