One of our returns to my homeland, the Island of Bermuda, produced much by way of reflection. As the plane began its descent, the Captain announced the arrival time in Bermuda to be in approximately thirty minutes.
As the minutes slipped by, we were aware of the color changes in the ocean. We viewed the reefs with the waves rolling over them causing patches of white water. We heard the undertow of exclamations from passengers viewing it all for the first time, and were reminded afresh of what those reefs represent to this Island paradise.
Over the years, hundreds of boats and ships have perished in their endeavor to maneuver through the reefs. Many a pleasant day has ended in tragedy when all maneuvering was to no avail.
In contrast, as children, we swam around the reefs and enjoyed the marine life in its entire splendor. We sensed a feeling of protection during World War II. Certainly the location of the forts on the Island testify to the fact that the early settlers enjoyed a similar feeling with the reefs producing a natural safeguard to the island.
Jesus Christ is the “Comforter” spoken of in John 14, the bearer of heavy laden in Matthew 11:28, and love epitomized in John 15:13. (There are hosts of other terms used throughout Scripture that describe His love toward lost mankind). In contrast, He is also the One who declared that He came to bring judgment, a sword, and condemnation to a world who rejected Him. (John 9:39; Matthew 10:34)
Christ can and will be a HAZARD to those “outside” the encompassing of His love… those who reject the gift of His salvation. However, He is a HAVEN to those, who in faith, trust Him as Savior and acknowledge His blood as the only protection for eternity.