A little over 20 years ago, in 1999, Robbie Knievel jumped the Grand Canyon on a motorcycle. Well, he actually jumped a sliver of the Grand Canyon, but still it was 231 feet wide – which is a lot, and it was still a canyon, hundreds of feet deep.
When I watched that, it reminded me of his father, Evel Knievel’s, attempt to jump the Snake River Canyon 25 years earlier – way back in September, 1974. That was 45 years ago.
Those stunts are famous because they were so dangerous. And as scary as jumping motorcycles may be, today’s parable is starker. Scarier. It has my attention, I hope it has yours. That is the point.
Is the chasm here the impossible divide between heaven and hell? Or is it about the chasm resident in the human heart? I think yes to both.