In American football, when the team that has the ball wants to run down the clock at the end of the game in order to preserve a lead or win, the offense will implement a play called taking a knee. After the ball is snapped, the quarterback will immediately drop to one knee, ending the play. Usually, the opposing team does not tackle the members of the offense as they have already resigned themselves to the outcome of the game. There is no need in trying to challenge the inevitable.
In life, sometimes, we are faced with situations where we have to choose whether to resign ourselves to an outcome that appears all but certain or to try and change the outcome. Perhaps you have heard of people who have been faced with choosing between allowing a loved one to continue living in a vegetative state and taking that person off of life support. That is a very difficult and heart-rending decision to have to make.
However, there are other situations in which we really do not have a choice — situations in which the score has been settled, the game is over, the time on the clock has run out — and all we can do is take a knee. One of those things is death. Throughout history, man has searched for some way to escape death. Ancient Indian and Chinese cultures sought the elixir of life. Explorers came to the New World searching for the fountain of youth. Some people have agreed to allow their bodies to be frozen when they die in the hopes that scientists are able to find a way to restart their life processes sometime in the future. Others are using modern technology and research to find a way to prolong their lives in a bid to avoid death.
However, no one has found a way to eradicate the common denominator of humanity: we all will die one day. The Bible says, “it is appointed unto man once to die.”
Another situation in which you have no choice is your standing before God. The Bible not only says that “it is appointed unto man once to die”, but it goes on to say, “and after this the judgment.” During this judgment, you will face God, and you will be sent to the eternal place where you will spend eternity — Heaven or Hell.
Now, here is the good news. If you are alive, the game is not over — there is still time on the clock. You can decide where you will spend eternity.
The only way we can be allowed into Heaven is if we place our faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ and accept the grace and mercy offered to us on the cross. Ephesians 2:8-9 says, “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.”
This mercy and grace are given to us because of God’s love for us; He does not want us to die and be punished forever. This mercy and grace were secured when Jesus Christ’s sacrificed himself on the cross taking the punishment for all of our sins on himself. Romans 5:8 says, “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” And John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
The Bible tells us that when it is all said and done — when the game is over, when history draws to a close, when every person who ever lived makes an account of their life before God — everyone will take a knee. Everyone will bow before Jesus Christ and acknowledge Him as the Lord of the universe. Philippians 2:10-11 says, “At the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
In this matter, you can take a knee now or later. You can choose to give your life to Christ now and receive the blessings and benefits of salvation through Him, or you can reject Christ and be forced to bow later and miss out on eternal life in Heaven with Him.
Once again, the choice is yours.
Will you take a knee now and give your life to Jesus Christ today? You can have the peace and satisfaction in your heart of knowing that you are truly going to a better place when you die right now. Jesus Christ offers that assurance. He can do this today if you accept Him as your Lord and Saviour. When you become a follower of Jesus Christ, the Bible tells us that Christ comes to live inside of us. With Christ living inside of you, you will also have peace, love, joy, happiness, and fulfillment which you will never find in the world.
Are you willing to make the simple decision to trust Jesus Christ as your Saviour today? The Bible says, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved.”
The Bible also tells us in Romans 10:9 and 13: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
If you want to be saved right now, you can pray a short prayer to let God know that you are making this all-important decision. Just repeat after me and mean it from your heart.
Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today and forever so that I can have your peace and assurance about my life today and my eternal future. Amen.
If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door.”
Believe by faith. Share the faith. And keep the faith! God Bless You!