You cannot “do” anything to save yourself.

A man in a rowboat once found himself caught in fast-moving water, heading for a massive waterfall with jagged rocks 150 feet below. A passerby saw him rowing against the current, but his efforts were futile. Minute by minute he was drawn closer and closer to the roaring falls. The passerby ran to his car, grabbed a rope from the trunk, and threw it to the boat. When it fell across the bow, he screamed, “Grab the rope. I will pull you to the shore!” He couldn’t believe his eyes—the man took no notice. He just kept rowing frantically against the current, until he was sucked over the falls to his death.

The Bible tells us that you cannot “do” anything to save yourself. But God Himself did something wonderful to save you from death and hell. He became a person in Jesus Christ, and suffered and died in your place. He paid the fine in His life’s blood for the crimes that you committed: “God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Then He rose from the dead and defeated death.

Isaiah 17: 12 Woe to the multitude of many people Who make a noise like the roar of the seas,
And to the rushing of nations
That make a rushing like the rushing of mighty waters!

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2 Responses to You cannot “do” anything to save yourself.

  1. Ron Speer says:


  2. Scott MacLean says:

    Great illustration, I’ll keep this one – might even work well as a sketch board sermon…
    Can you tell me, is this based on a true story? I’ll use it either way, but it is nice to know…

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