While shopping at a nearby town, I ran into a grocery store to buy a couple of things. As I checked out and was leaving, I noticed something odd. Standing by the door of the grocery store, was a pair of crutches with a sign attached that said, “Free crutches.” The thought ran through my head that I hoped someone who really needed them got them. As I exited the store into the parking lot headed for my car I stepped in a hole and almost turned my ankle. I chuckled to myself that If I had fallen those free crutches were waiting for me inside.
Christians are sometimes thought of as weak by nonbelievers. They say that God is just a crutch for the weak, those who aren’t strong enough in themselves to stand without leaning on a higher power that they can’t see. While we may tend to be insulted at first at this comment, I tend to agree with them. Christianity is for the weak. That is why Jesus came because we could do nothing to help ourselves. The thing that nonbelievers don’t see is that not just some of us are weak but all of us.
In our downtrodden sinful condition, we did not have the power to help ourselves, so God sent Jesus to redeem us. If we could have saved ourselves, Jesus would not have had to die on the cross to save us. He came so that we could lean on him for eternal and abundant life.
The thing about physical crutches is that they need to be adjusted to fit the size of the person using them. Even if someone needed the crutches by the door of the grocery store, it doesn’t mean that they would have been a fit for them. The salvation that Jesus brings is one size fits all. It fits the youngest child who just realized that they need a Savior to the vilest of sinners who thinks there is no hope for them.
All of us need a Savior, and Jesus is standing at the door waiting for us to accept him. We can put the full weight of our sinfulness on him his free gift of salvation. He is a perfect fit for all of us.
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9) (NIV)