Sunday, September 25, 2022

The Ladder

By David A. Sargent


    Usually Arizona is associated with dry, desert regions.  But recent monsoon rains have caused flashfloods in the area creating some emergency situations.

    Twenty-five people including three children and an infant were found stranded at what was normally a low water crossing in Bear Canyon outside Tucson.  Authorities determined that a ladder rescue was the best option, so Ladder 7 of the Tucson Fire Department was called out.  The ladder was lowered across the flooded creek and served as a bridge for crew members to escort the stranded people to safety. *

    Our sins leave us stranded with no hope and in deadly peril (Romans 6:23).  Our sins separate us from God (Isaiah 59:1-2) and we are lost unless someone comes to our rescue.

    God loves us and doesn’t want anyone to perish (2 Peter 3:9).  So God sent His one and only Son to rescue us (John 3:16).  In order to save us and to give us eternal life, Jesus had to give His life for our sins (1 Peter 2:24).

    Jesus is the Bridge to bring us to God and to all of the spiritual blessings that He wants to give to us.

    “For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God” (1 Peter 3:18 NIV).

    Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6).

    To access the Bridge to God, we must place our faith and trust in Jesus (Acts 16:30-31), turn from sin in repentance (Acts 17:30-31), confess Jesus before men (Romans 10:9-10), and be baptized (immersed) into Christ for the forgiveness of sins (Acts 2:38).  Then as we continue to walk in the light of His Word, the blood that Jesus shed in His death continues to cleanse us from all sin (1 John 1:7-9).

    The Son of God who descended from heaven became the Bridge to bring us to God.  You can be saved and have eternal life in heaven if you will access the Bridge through your trusting obedience.

- David A. Sargent, minister for the Church of Christ at Creekwood in Mobile, Alabama, is also the editor of an electronic devotional entitled "Living Water." To learn more about this excellent resource contact David via their website:


* Information gleaned from “Arizona firefighters rescue 25 people, including infant, during flooding in Bear Canyon” by Stephen Sorace,

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