A little girl was taking her first train ride. Wide-eyed with fascination, she watched as telephone poles, cars, and farms whizzed by. When the train approached a river, she became frightened and cried out, “Mommy! The train is going into the river!” But a bridge carried it across to the other side.

Later, as the train sped toward a mountain, the child again called out in fear, “Mommy, we are going to run into that mountain!” But a tunnel at its base let the speeding train pass through. “Oh,” said the youngster, “someone must have gone ahead and made a way for us.”

That’s what Jesus has done for all who trust Him as Savior and Lord. The writer of Hebrews portrayed Him as the “captain” of our salvation (2:10). Jesus has not only faced the dangers of sin’s destructive force, but He also forged a way through death itself and emerged victorious. He defeated Satan, delivered us from sin’s condemning power, and He will carry us through the terrors of death.

When fears loom before us and we feel threatened by the power of sin and Satan, let’s remember our captain. He is the one who reassures us along life’s path. He has gone before and prepared the way for us.