A Highway Through Hell episode had a 70 ton machine mired in a muddy water hole. Al’s three rescue bulldozers had to get close enough to pull the disabled vehicle up, away and from the bog without getting so close to the edge they fell in. They had to maintain their anchor to be rescuer. 4/21/19
Helping sinners escape sin means we get close enough to pull them out without getting so near they pull us in. Jesus modeled what we must emulate. He remained anchored in God throughout his life. As a result he became one of us helping, healing, educating, forgiving—removing the vast catalogue of satanic presence in humanity.
The Master’s life devastates the view that “only if we experience sin can we identify with people sinning.” By anchoring himself in God’s Presence and Love, Jesus remained on holy ground as he reached to snatch sinners from sin’s miry bog.
The fast-moving Lilac fire of 2017 had its origin at 11:15 A.M. a mile south of Route 76 and just west of Old Highway 395. It spread west, blown by winds that roared through the valley westward, burning discriminately, hopscotching its way back and forth across the highway, destroying mobile homes, and threatening a shopping center and houses.
Interestingly, investigators found where the fire started. To this time, July, 2018, they haven’t discovered why it started. They likely never will. San Diego U-T, 12/1/17
Unlike many fires, the source of sin isn’t cloaked in mystery. It occurs when a person is tempted to break God’s rule, law, word or expectation. The person then, “by his own evil desire...is dragged away and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin, and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death” James 1:14-15.
We may not know exactly where our sin begins, though we too can often detect its origin. We know exactly where to put an end to sin: Christ’s gracious forgiveness that he perfected in his sacrifice on Calvary. Whenever we fall into sin, or step into sin, or walk up and embrace sin, Jesus can eliminate it. We have no excuse for our sin, but Jesus has Grace greater than any sin we commit.