I saw an interesting video clip recently. It pictured two deer who had their antlers locked. One of the deer was dead. The other one couldn’t get free because its antlers were hopelessly intertwined with the dead deer lying on the ground. A fight between the two bucks most likely resulted in the situation and one of them died. The living deer was in a hopeless condition and most likely would have died also, but something happened. Two hunters came upon the scene. They felt sorry for the deer and set to work to free it. While one hunter filmed, the other one took a risk and was able to knock the antlers loose.
All around me I see people who are locked in hopeless situations. Some of them are in the grip of some kind of addiction or trapped by a sinful lifestyle choice. Others have found themselves bound by loneliness, bitterness, anger, and greed. The Bible describes all of humanity outside of Jesus Christ in Ephesians 2:12: “That at that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world”. To be without hope is a terrible way to live. But there is some amazing good news. Someone came along and saw our hopeless situation. Even when we were
helplessly entwined in our own sins and facing eternal death; Jesus Christ, God’s Son came and rescued us. His
death on the cross paid in full the debt which our sins demanded. He set us free and gave us hope. The apostle Peter described the hope we have in Christ in 1 Peter 1:3: “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead”.
I don’t know what motivated the hunters to free the deer. But I do know what motivated God to send His Son to free us. He loved us so much that he made a way for us to have eternal life. Do you have this hope?
Pastor Stultz has been writing this weekly devotional for many years. In 2009, he published a compilation of devotionals in book form, also called Moments of Meditation