Noah is described as a righteous man. God chose him among the people of his day to build the ark. He was upright. He believed God’s commands and promises. He wanted other people to believe them also.
“Repent! Be prepared! There is room. Come aboard.”
Noah’s cries became more desperate. Then the floodwaters deluged the entire planet. They rose quickly, as floodwaters tend to do. The cavalier attitude of the mockers and skeptics who laughed at Noah now cried in regret. But the ark had been shut tight with all the animals and Noah’s family of eight, or they too would have perished. Noah’s heart grieved. “It’s too late. I’m sorry.”
Centuries later, Jesus would walk that same earth. The people who repopulated it were mockers and skeptics again, who laughed at Jesus’ claims to be the Son of God and the Savior who forgives. They killed him.
Jesus was a righteous man. God the Father chose his Son.
Like Noah, Jesus was lifted up by beams of wood, “the righteous for the unrighteous (1 Peter 3:18).
Except he wasn’t spared. He was sacrificed into the angry waters of God’s justice for sin. He died.
Within three days, however, Jesus came back to life. Then he preached to the same people who rejected Noah. They had died in the flood but their imprisoned spirits in hell were alert, awake, and full of regret. After coming back to life, Jesus descended into hell. With a message. His heart grieved. “It’s too late. I’m sorry.”
The thing is, you and I are still alive. We’re still here. It’s not too late for any of us. “Repent! Be prepared! There is room. Come aboard.” The wooden beams holding up the righteous man save the unrighteous ones.
Ignore this and you’ll regret it. The second Noah saves.