Innsbruck, Austria is a gorgeous city nestled in a valley between two beautiful mountains in the Alps. While visiting for a few days in the city we noticed a large ski jump that had been built for the Olympics, and wanted to visit the area for a closer look.
After arriving we viewed the amphitheater type seating where people were able to see the ski jumps with great visibility. What a sight I thought as we kept moving in the empty facility. Then I requested if I could go to the top and get a view of what the jumper sees. Permission was given, and to heighten my fear for these skiers come the realization that the first thing the person saw was a church surrounded by a large cemetery. It appeared even before the area he was to land became visible.
Why in the world would anyone want to do this anyway? Hundreds of feet in the air, and as he descends he gains tremendous speed as he sails into the air helpless before landing into a small area he couldn't even see until near the end of the jump. And then he had only a little time in which to stop before going into the crowd. Why? I thought. Then the cemetery reappeared. I meditated a moment. Why do men flee through life going down hill all of his life, heading aimlessly to the grave? He started at the top, but because of sin goes down, down, until the cemetery. He needs to stop before the end and give thanks to God and be reconciled to the position Christ desires.
Matthew 18:14 “Even so it is not the will of your Father which is in heaven, that one ……… perish.” God's will is that all men be saved (1 Tim. 2:4; 2 Peter 3:9; John 3:16).