JESUS, OUR ARK of SAFETY
by Doug Pierce
Published on March 22, 2023
Categories: Spiritual Growth

Jesus, Our Ark of Safety

By Doug Pierce

“…when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was preparing, wherein few, that is eight souls were saved by water. The like figure (or picture)…”

I Peter 3:19-21

 JESUS, OUR ARK OF SAFETY

One day a little four year old girl was sitting on her grandpa’s lap and she asked him, “Grandpa, Were you on Noah’s ark?” He laughed and said, “No, Silly…Grandpa wasn’t on Noah’s ark!” Then she asked, “Well, how did you keep from drowning?”

NOAH’S ARK PICTURES JESUS

In our verses for today, the Bible says Noah and the ark is a “like figure” or “shadow” of Christ Who was to come. Peter was saying the ark is a beautiful picture of Christ and our relationship to Him. Over 164 times in the New Testament the Bible describes every believer as being “in Christ”. Ephesians 1:3 says the Lord has “blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.” The story of Noah and the ark helps us see many of the blessings that are ours in Christ today. Let’s think about Noah and his family . . . in that ark . . . and be reminded of the blessings that are ours in Christ.

Think about . . .

1. THE SAFETY OF THE ARK. The wickedness of people on earth had sank to such a level, the Lord was sorry He had made mankind. So, He said, “I will destroy man…from the face of the earth” (Gen. 6:6-7). Then the Bible says, “But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord” (Gen. 6:8). And God told Noah to build an ark. It was to be built with gopher wood or Cypress, which would not rot. He was to spread tar on both sides of every board. This would both strengthen and make the ark waterproof. The floodwaters were God’s judgment, but not one drop would get into the ark. In the same way, those of us who are “in Christ” are sealed by the blood of Jesus, forgiven, and we’re safe from the judgment for our sins. Psalm 103:12 says, “As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.” PTL!

Then, think of . . .

2. THE SUFFICIENCY OF THE ARK. The dimensions of the ark are mentioned in Genesis 6:15. God told Noah the ark was to be 150 yards long; 50 yards wide; and, 45 feet high …with three stories. Why such a huge boat? God wanted there to be enough room on that ark for all the animals, Noah’s family and for every person living on earth at that time. Noah warned people for 100 years about the flood judgment that was coming. He assured them there would be safety in the ark. But no one would heed his words! One of the greatest blessings we have in Christ today is to invite others to get aboard the ark of safety and trust the Lord Jesus to save them. Like Noah, we are to warn, share and encourage others, which include our children and grandchildren, to get on board and trust the Lord Jesus for salvation. What a blessing to know that through the sharing our faith, others,   and especially our loved ones, will be saved from the judgment of their sins and spend eternity in heaven! There’s plenty room on the ark! Keep sharing Jesus with those around you! The Bible says, “Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Rom. 10:13). Remember . . . God is “not willing that any should perish, but that ALL should come to repentance” (II Pet. 3:9).

Next, think of . . .

3. THE STEERING OF THE ARK. It’s interesting that in all of the details the Lord gave Noah on how to build the ark, there’s no mention of a helm, or steering device. That’s because there would be no need for Noah to steer that boat. By leaving out the helm, the Lord was saying, “Noah…Dark times are ahead, but I’ll guide and protect you and your family!” And the Lord has promised to guide you and me through these dark, evil, many times confusing, times we’re experiencing today (see Proverbs 3:5-6).

Then,

4. THE SERINITY (PEACE) OF THE ARK. Genesis 6:16 tells us there was one window in the ark and it’s was in the roof. I believe there was reminder to Noah in the location of that window. He was telling him, “Noah, No matter how rough things get, I want you to keep looking up to me! Keep trusting Me!” I’m sure many of you can relate to what I’m about to say. There are some days I get a little overwhelmed by all that’s happening to our country. I wonder some days, “Lord, Our country is literally going down the tubes! Is there any hope for America . . . my kids . . . my grandchildren and their future? What kind of America will they grow up in?”  It’s during those moments when I’m tempted to worry, or be fearful, I lift up a prayer to the Lord and He always gives me that peace that assures me He’s in control! The Bible says, “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed (focused) on Thee” (Isaiah 26:3). Someone has wisely said, “If you look ahead, you’ll be dismayed; if you look back, you’ll be discouraged; if you look around, you’ll be disappointed; but if you look up, you’ll be delivered!” When your outlook is bad, try the up look! Amen?

Lastly . . .

5. THE SCHEDULE OF THE ARK. We find in Genesis 8:4, the date that the ark rested on dry land. That would be the exact same day, 1,000’s of years later, when Jesus would be resurrected from the dead. Isn’t that amazing? It was not incidental or accidental those two things happened on the same day! Praise God! God truly is in control! The date the ark rested on dry land is simply another confirmation that because of Jesus’ resurrection, those in Christ shall live forever too! He said, “I am the resurrection and life. He that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall live. For whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die” (John 11:25-26). Just as that ark rested on dry land, so every person who puts their faith in Christ and His resurrection will also conquer death and have that eternal REST in Christ now and forever in heaven! Are you in the Ark of Safety today? Do you have the assurance that you are in Christ and that when you die you’ll have an eternal home in heaven? Have you repented of your sins and surrendered your life to Him? If not, why not trust Him today? The Lord invites “whosoever will” to come to Him today and be saved from the sure judgment to come! Thank God for Jesus, our ark of safety!

Think it over… 

Doug Pierce is a Church planter and a pastor. In 2003 he started, and continues to pastor First Independent Methodist Church in Madison, Mississippi. His #1 priority is to glorify God in all aspects of ministry. He does this through teaching his congregation to Love God, Love One Another, and Love Others to God. Prayer, outreach, and church growth through evangelism are vital parts of his ministry. He and his wife Suzanne live in Madison, Mississippi where they also enjoy their children and grandchildren. To find out more about Doug‘s ministry visit the FIMC Website

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2 Comments

  1. Russell Kendall Carter

    I glorify the presence of God within me and within all whom Iove. Jesus brought a new vision of God n the world, a God of Love and Life, not hate and death. I know their are those who say the Bible contains the words of God, but this cannot be so. I believe in Jesus so that I cannot believe that a God of Love would destroy all mankind. God did not create death; God created life and all the goodness thereof.

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    • Andy Oldham

      “The anger of God is not something that resides in him by nature; it is a response to evil. It is provoked.

      The Bible says, “God is love.” That is his nature. God’s love is not provoked. He does not love us because he sees some wisdom, beauty, or goodness in us. He loves you because he loves you, and you can never get beyond that (Deuteronomy 7:7).

      But God’s wrath is different, his holy response to the intrusion of evil into his world. If there was no sin in the world, there would be no wrath in God. So the Bible’s teaching about the wrath of God is different from ancient mythologies, gods who run around frustrated and fuming. God’s anger is his settled resolve that evil will not stand.

      Why does God allow evil to continue in the world? Why does he not wipe it out?

      God holds out the offer of grace and forgiveness in Jesus Christ (2 Peter 3:9). People are coming to him in faith and repentance every day, and God patiently holds open the door of grace. The day of God’s wrath will come, but God is not in a hurry to bring it because then the door of grace will be closed.”
      -The Open Bible

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