Unlimited: Jesus Has Made a Way For Us to Escape
Jan 3, 2017 805
How shall we escape if we ignore so great a salvation? (Hebrews 2:3).
Rahab’s scarlet cord (Joshua 2:17–18) is a most beautiful symbol of the Cross of Christ.
The word for it in Hebrew (chebel) means first of all a rope, but it also means means “sorrow,” “pain,” and “anguish.” It is the colour associated with the offerings in the sanctuary, associated with blood, suffering, and sacrifice.
Rahab’s rope was hung outside the walls of the wicked city, just like Christ was hung outside the walls of Jerusalem. It stretched all the way from top to bottom. Anything less would have been useless. So too the Cross of Jesus bridges heaven and earth, reaching right down to where you are, and uniting you with heaven.
But Rahab never went down that cord. Who were the only ones who went down that cord? Only the two spies. Why only them? Because they represented Christ.
You and I were imprisoned behind impregnable walls of sin. Just as the spies came under cover into the wicked city to rescue Rahab, so too the Son of God came in His humanity to rescue you and me. He tasted the path of suffering so that you will never need to do it, and He has made a way of escape for us. The red rope is there for us today: the Cross of Jesus. – Eliezer Gonzalez
Eli’s Reflection: Read the whole story of Rahab in Joshua chapters 2 and 6. How many parallels can you find with the story of Jesus and Calvary? Why don’t you ring someone you know, and share with them something exciting you have discovered in the story of Rahab.