Day Five: NTB (No Turning Back)

Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and all that night the Lord drove the sea back with a strong east wind… The waters were divided, and the Israelites went through the sea on dry ground, with a wall of water on their right and on their left. The Egyptians pursued them, and followed them into the sea. The LORD looked down…at the Egyptian army and threw it into confusion…And the Egyptians said, “Let’s get away from the Israelites! The LORD is fighting for them…” Then the LORD said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand over the sea…” The Egyptians were fleeing… and the LORD swept them into the sea. The water flowed back and covered the entire army of Pharaoh that had followed the Israelites into the sea. Not one of them survived.” (Exodus 14:21-28, abridged)

The people of God are now looking “over” the sea, back toward their old life, where they were once slaves. Ajead of them is the promise of the Promised Land, yet a lot of unknowns… They are on this threshold where they can no longer go back to their old life… because there is an ocean between them and the old life [the point of no return]. Actually, what would it take for them to be able to go back to the old life? For God to re-part the Red Sea, resurrect their old oppressors, so they could scramble back to their old lives of slavery??? Impossible!

In Christ, our salvation is so sure, definitive, so life-changing that we can never go back! It would take a “miracle” — God does not re-open the Red Sea so that people can return to a life of slavery! It’s never going to happen. Once you are saved, you are saved. That’s why God tells them through Moses, “Move on/forward” (14.15). There is nowhere to go if you turn back… Once saved, we are definitively saved, once and for all, the best thing to do is move forward. Becoming a Christian is miraculous, a work of God, undeniable, definitive, complete, sure… God’s salvation through Jesus Christ is definitive, life-changing once and for all… never to be a slave again, never to have those old oppressors again. Best thing to do… move forward… go get your inheritance… live the abundant life in Christ, calling, mission, purpose. [Adapted from Pastor Jason’s message at ALC]

Listen to the recording of Exodus 14.21-28 and let’s celebrate our deliverance in Christ with the song “We Have Overcome.”

– JP