A long time ago, God spoke to a man named Noah. He said…
Now God saw that the earth had become corrupt and was filled with violence. God observed all this corruption in the world, for everyone on earth was corrupt. So God said to Noah, “I have decided to destroy all living creatures, for they have filled the earth with violence. Yes, I will wipe them all out along with the earth!
“Build a large boat from cypress wood and waterproof it with tar, inside and out. Genesis 6:11-14
The world was full of evil but Noah found favor in God’s eyes. God’s message came to Noah and it was now time to act. Noah had a couple of choices. Build a boat or don’t build a boat (To build or not to build, sorry, just had to say it). The word of God came to Noah, God said, “Noah, I am going to destroy all this I have made, but I want to save you. Build a boat.” Just as Satan caused Eve to doubt the word of God, I am certain he tried to make Noah doubt too.
Noah built the boat.
Today, God speaks to us. He says,
“I tell you the truth, unless you are born again, you cannot see the Kingdom of God.” John 3:3
“For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.
“There is no judgment against anyone who believes in him. But anyone who does not believe in him has already been judged for not believing in God’s one and only Son. And the judgment is based on this fact: God’s light came into the world, but people loved the darkness more than the light, for their actions were evil. All who do evil hate the light and refuse to go near it for fear their sins will be exposed. But those who do what is right come to the light so others can see that they are doing what God wants.” John 3:16-21
“I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.” John 14:6
You may wonder, “Is it true Lord, are you really going to destroy all this? Do you really mean it?” Just remember…
Christ suffered for our sins once for all time. He never sinned, but he died for sinners to bring you safely home to God. He suffered physical death, but he was raised to life in the Spirit.
So he went and preached to the spirits in prison—those who disobeyed God long ago when God waited patiently while Noah was building his boat. Only eight people were saved from drowning in that terrible flood. And that water is a picture of baptism, which now saves you, not by removing dirt from your body, but as a response to God from a clean conscience. It is effective because of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. 1 Peter 3:18-21
Just as God destroyed the world by water God will return. The water that cleansed the earth then now through baptism cleanses you from sin. Effective because of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The boat has arrived.
Jesus said, “When the Son of Man returns, it will be like it was in Noah’s day. In those days, the people enjoyed banquets and parties and weddings right up to the time Noah entered his boat and the flood came and destroyed them all.” Luke 17:26-27