Jesus, Like a Plane

I heard a concept relating Christ to an airplane from my friend Jesse several years ago. I can’t remember the exact idea, but here is something inspired by that conversation that came to mind last Sunday at church….

There is an airplane on the tarmac. You can see it. You can examine it – the inside, the outside, the engine. You can learn all about it. You can go up and feel it’s cold steely wings, and rubbery tires. You can even study flight – the physics, the mechanics, the technique. You can watch it fly by as you sit on the ground. You can become and expert in the plane.


Now, here is a totally different scenario… You walk up to the plane, you get inside, turn it on, taxi down the runway… and you fly.


Oh what a different way to experience the plane!

It can be a beautiful thing to admire, an interesting thing to learn about, and a wonderful thing to see in the air, but the true power and purpose of the plane cannot be fully understood until you fly in it.

I would like to propose that to have a plane is like having Christ – you can’t get to heaven without it.


I would also like to propose that, if I am in the front seat, and Christ is the plane… then the Holy Spirit is that power that makes it fly.

Without the Holy Spirit, the purpose of your life, which God prepared in advance for you to do (1), can never fully be realized.

Yes, you own the plane; yes, it is an amazing and wonderfully complicated thing… but without the POWER… you’re staying on the ground.

“Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all the we ask or think, according to the power at work within us. to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” Ephesians 3:20 -21

What do you think about this analogy? Where does it succeed, and where does it fall short?


(1)Ephesians 2:10

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