“Burned Ground”

Several weeks ago in my reading for our study in Job, I came across a great gospel illustration. Australian David Jackson wrote the following:

In Australia, we have the land area the size of the continental United States, a population of twenty million people and two hundred million sheep. Sheep eat grass and do well in large areas of fertile grassland. A lighting strike on dry prairie grass will produce a fire that can travel as fast as the wind that drives it. Such fires will outrun a flock of panicking sheep and wipe them out. It would also take out any shepherds on foot who were with them. It is an awful thing to see. Safety in such a crisis is found in doing exactly the opposite of one’s first instinct. The only safe place in a grass fire is on burned ground. So with the fire approaching, it is best to light another fire and let it run away, and as it does, move in behind it and stand on burned ground. This simple technique has stimulated many a preacher to see a parallel with the work of Christ, who died in our place. When I take a step of faith and accept Jesus as Lord, I move onto burned ground. Grass can’t be burned twice, nor can a person’s sin be punished twice. God cannot and will not bring down his fiery judgement on Jesus and then on me for my sin. (Crying Out for Vindication, pg. 37)

Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.” -Romans 6:4-5

If thou hast my discharge procured,
And freely in my room endured
The whole of wrath divine;
Payment God cannot twice demand,
First at my bleeding Surety’s hand,
And then again at mine. -Augustus Toplady

Till on that cross as Jesus died,
The wrath of God was satisfied
For every sin on Him was laid
Here in the death of Christ I live. -Stuart Townend

About Pastor Matt

Matt Baker is the Pastor of Redeemer Fellowship Church.
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