Articles by Stan Dean

Safe In The Arms of Jesus

Star InactiveStar InactiveStar InactiveStar InactiveStar Inactive

Billy Sunday was well-known as a baseball player in the late 1800s, but around the turn of the century he changed professions and became one of the most famous preachers of his day. In his sermon presentations he would delight his large crowds by drawing on his background in baseball to illustrate his points. One of the antics he was noted for was- - when it was time for him to preach, he would run down the aisle toward the pulpit and then slide as if he were sliding into a base. When he came to a stop, he would spring to his feet and yell, “Safe…in the arms of Jesus!”

Safety. Security. Assurance. How precious and comforting these words are to everyone on earth. Thus, it was surely the message of “safety” that impressed Sunday’s audience far more than the antic he used to present it.

No doubt, we live in a day where our safety and security are becoming more and more of a concern. Thus we ask, “Is it possible to have a real and complete feeling of security?”

The answer is “no” if we are thinking in terms of “external things” to bring absolute security. There is literally no place we can be where our safety can be completely assured. For example, let us consider riding in an automobile. Countless dollars are spent continually on designing a vehicle that is safe. The makers do crash tests, reinforce the body of the vehicle and install a myriad of safety devices. Even so, there is not a single one on the market that carries any guarantee against injury or death. This same principle can be applied to all external things.

However, the answer to the above question can be “yes” if we are thinking in terms of an “internal” security. When we live faithfully as Christians, there is not a force on earth that can take our eternal security from us against our will. Paul spoke of this in 2 Timothy 1:12: “For I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day.”

Regardless of the precautions we take, we can never fortify ourselves totally from worldly harm, but by “taking up the whole armor of God” (Ephesians 6:13), we can always be- - Safe…in the arms of Jesus!

© 2020 Killen Church of Christ. All Rights Reserved.