The story is told of a man who fell into a very deep pit. Although he made every effort to jump or climb out, he could find no way of escape. He realized that without a rope or a ladder to use there was no way he would be able to get himself out of the pit without some outside help.
After some time a man came along and threw down a ladder. There were ten steps on the ladder, each step representing one of the ten commandments. The only requirement for climbing the ladder was that the man couldn’t put his foot on any step that represented a commandment he had broken in his life. After starting his climb up the ladder, the man soon realized he had broken too many commandments and had to again accept the fact that he would not be able to climb out of the pit by himself.
Suddenly Jesus jumped down into the pit and told the man to climb on His back. He then carried the man out of the pit, using every step of the ladder, for He had never broken a commandment.
Every person, beginning with Adam, has broken God’s law. The Bible says, “There is none righteous, no, not one” (Romans 3:10). “There is not a just man on the earth that doeth good and sinneth not” (Ecclesiastes 7:20).
In Matthew 5-7 Jesus gives us what is called “The Sermon on the Mount.” In this He explains that if a person hates someone, he is guilty of murder, and to lust is to commit adultery. What He is saying to us is that an inward thought is as bad as an outward act. “For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, his is guilty of all.” (James 2:10) There are times that we classify sin as “big sins” and “little sins,” but in the eyes of God, if we have committed one sin, we have committed them all. Even on our best days, we all have impure thoughts and are, therefore, sinners.
There is no way you and I could get out of the pit of sin own our own! We must have the help of The One who knew no sin and is able to carry us out. “For He hath made Him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.” (2 Corinthians 5:21)
Let us take time this week to be thankful for the day that Jesus brought us out of the pit of sin, for without Him we would still be searching for a way out. If you are still lost, know there is a Savior who longs to carry you out of the pit. Accept his help while there is still time. "For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:13)