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Offline hldude33

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The Greatest Rescue Story
« on: Mon Jan 27, 2020 - 20:41:41 »
“The Greatest Rescue Story”
Psalm 13:5-6 NLT
But I trust in your unfailing love.  I will rejoice because you have rescued me.  I will sing to the Lord because he is good to me.

We all enjoy hearing stories of people who are rescued from different situations.  Whether it’s stories we hear from people directly, read about online or see on the news, we like to listen to stories of people who went from a bad situation to being rescued and their lives being saved.

When I was a kid, I remember watching “Rescue 911” on TV and I really enjoyed the stories of the extreme situations people were involved in and how they were helped.  We are often so drawn to stories of people being rescued, no matter what the situation involves.  Often times these stories involve much drama and pull our emotional heart strings to leave us teary-eyed or with tears streaming down our faces. 

Through the years, I have found myself drawn to stories of people being rescued and the extremity of those situations.  Some of them leave us with a gasp as we listen or watch the story unfold.  It can really take our breath away as we enjoy hearing the great end to a rescue story. 

As much as we enjoy hearing stories of great rescues, let us never forget the greatest rescue story as Jesus came to save our lives.  Do we hold tightly to this truth and cherish it in our lives more than anything?  He rescued us from a life of doom.  He gave His life in order to rescue us from the sin of our lives.  What an amazing rescue story! 

Do we rejoice each day for all that He has done for us?  Sometimes I think we tend to become more amazed at the stories we hear about earthly rescues than of the greatest rescue of Jesus.  Why do we allow ourselves to become so drawn to the other stories and so less drawn to His rescue story?

I know that I so often let myself become drawn in more to those stories and I take for granted His rescue in my life.  It can become so “commonplace” and I don’t want that to happen.  I’m sure it happens to many of us.  We become so used to this story and we tend to get drawn in to the other stories we hear more.  This is not to downgrade the severity or the triumph of these stories we hear.  They are wonderful to hear about.  But how much are we thankful of the rescue Jesus made in our lives?

The greatest rescue story is what Jesus did for us!  No other rescue story even comes close!

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Offline NyawehNyoh

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Re: The Greatest Rescue Story
« Reply #1 on: Tue Mar 31, 2020 - 20:12:06 »
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When someone on their deathbed, in their last moments, begins to perceive Hell as more than just academic; they know it's coming and are likely to become very concerned about ending up there. In moments like that, people don't need religion, no, they need a knight in shining armor, so to speak, and it just so happens there's a God-given knight available.

Luke 2:8-12 . .And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.

. . . But the angel said to them; "Don't be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today, in the town of David, a savior has been born to you; he is Messiah, the Lord."

The angel announced the birth of a savior; defined by Webster's as one who rescues. We've all seen examples-- lifeguards, firemen, cops, emergency medical teams, Coast Guard units, snow patrols, and mountain rescue teams. Rescue workers typically save people in distress who are facing imminent death and/or grave danger and utterly helpless to do anything about it.

In other words: Jesus Christ is a lifeline, so to speak, that God is all set to throw to anyone and everyone for whom destiny in Hell is a foregone conclusion if only they have the good sense to plead guilty and throw themselves on the mercy of the court by this simple, naive prayer:

"God, I know I'm a sinner. I would like to take advantage of your son's death."

Does Jesus' Father honor those kinds of prayers? Well if His son's story of the tax collector at Luke 18:9-14, and the account of the malefactor crucified along with Jesus at Luke 23:38-43 are truthful indicators; then I can honestly, and confidently, attest that He does, and He will.


NOTE: Just about everybody who's ever heard anything about Christianity is aware that Jesus Christ died for the sins of the world, but what is often unknown is that it was personal; as Isaiah 53:6 says: "The Lord has caused the iniquity of us all to fall on him."

In other words: the iniquity of each of us fell on him, i.e. any name we might pull out of a hat, and as many names as we might pull out of a hat: that one name, and each name, is an individual for whom Christ gave his life; there are no exceptions. It's no wonder then why the angel announced not just joy, rather, "great joy" that will be for all the people.
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