Brazil is in mourning. The preventable crash of a chartered jet carrying one of Brazil’s soccer teams left the entire nation in shock as 71 people died just short of landing in Columbia for the first game of the South American soccer finals. All the team needed to have landed safely was enough fuel to go a few more miles.
It is not that Brazilians are not used to seeing people die needlessly. Every day the news is filled with deaths that could have been avoided. What shocked Brazil was seeing this young, talented team of soccer players, coaches and reporters be so close to glory and miss the opportunity due to human error.
The Apostle Paul wrote in Romans 3:23 “…for all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” As humans we just do not have enough personal fuel to get the goal of God’s glory. Because of human error, we all come short of landing at the goal of being the humans we should have been. Human error has condemned us all to falling short.
The good news is that Jesus seeing humanity’s failure and falling short created a way for us to make it to the goal of God’s glory. By His terrible suffering at Calvary His death allows us to land in the presence of God and live. Because of Jesus no person need fall short of becoming the kind of human being God intended.
Every time a human being lands in the presence of God in Christ, heaven rejoices.