The LORD then said to Noah, “Go into the ark, you and your whole family, because I have found you righteous in this generation. Genesis 7:1 (NIV) “Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. Matthew 14:29 (NIV)
God has always desired to be with us, to have a personal relationship with each one of us. He wants and deserves to be our most predominant passion and deepest desire. He is jealous for us with a godly jealousy; that is a jealousy rooted in wanting only the very best thing for us. God knows He Himself is what’s best for us so anything that snags our heart otherwise, breaks His.
Sin separates us from Him and breaks His heart, so He Himself provided a way for us to be cleansed completely and brought back into His presence, white as snow. Through belief in Jesus’ death on the cross in our place for the forgiveness of our sin and through His resurrection from the grave we receive eternal life (John 3:16)!
When the Lord called Noah into the ark it was to preserve his life as God cleansed the world of sinful wickedness. Through immersing the earth in the greatest flood this world has ever known this cleansing was accomplished. If Noah had not chosen to be obedient to the Word of God he and his family would have been lost. We too, have been given free will. Jesus came to earth and lived a life for us to follow in thought, word and action.
In Matthew 3:13-17 Jesus is baptised which sets an example for us to follow. Baptism publicly proclaims one’s belief in Jesus and their desire to live for Him. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again. 2 Corinthians 5:15 (NIV) Baptism is symbolic of our old sinful nature dying through immersion. (Similar to the cleansing of the earth submerged in The flood.) Then as we rise up out of the water the new life of a believer in Jesus emerges, beginning afresh and washed clean. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NIV)
Once we have chosen to receive the life of Jesus as Truth within us, we can walk with Him in what will be our grandest adventure! Noah from the Old Testament was called into the boat, Peter from the New Testament was called out of the boat, to walk toward Jesus! “Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 15:55-57 (NIV) Noah obeyed the command to go in and emerged victorious. Peter obeyed the call to come out and walked on water in the middle of a raging storm! It’s bowed low in humble submission to God Almighty that one finds they can rise above.
Go into Jesus and you will find you can walk out set free, a vessel now of His victory!