February 4, 1912 was going to be a great day. Franz Reichelt was finally going to prove to his detractors that he had designed a human suit that would enable him to fly safely to the ground from any height. Reichelt was among many inventors of the time trying to find the secret to flight.
After months of trying, Franz had finally obtained the permit needed to test his equipment off of theEiffelTower. Flight attempts from lower levels had been unsuccessful. He was convinced that the extra height was the missing ingredient to make his new suit work.
Early film footage captured the event. Even now you can Google Reichelt and watch the fateful video. Wearing the parachute that he designed and invented before ascending the Eiffel Tower, Reichelt is seen standing on the observation platform high up on the tower preparing to jump. He climbs the rail, hovering some time on the brink, before he launches out over the edge. Reichelt plummeted straight down to his death.
Police and small crowd around the body of Reichelt as it is carried away, they then measure the depth of the hole made by his fall.
Reichelt found out first hand the results of trying through human effort something that cannot be done without outside help. Many Christians are like this. They crash and burn time after time, trying to live the Christian life in their own strength. Today we will learn another way…