I’m sure we all relived the horrors of September 11th, 2001 last week. We heard the heart wrenching stories of moms losing their sons, daughters losing their dads, people who had their full lives before them but then the first plane hit. Lives gone! Dreams gone! Souls gone! We also heard heroic stories of people who had the chance to live but chose to sacrifice it all to help their fellow Americans. These are the stories that make me proud and very patriotic. But then I always end up asking myself “Would I have done the same?” I pray I never have to find out. I also have to thank the Lord for protecting me with His power and His mighty angels.
We won’t see the smoking buildings of the World Trade Center for another year now. Maybe as you read this 9-11-2001 has become a distant memory already and those smoking buildings are filed away deep within your memory banks for another year.
Did you know that there are mini 9-11’s going on all around us? Look around and you will see the smoldering lives of people who don’t know Jesus. You will see the terrible wreckage of sin everywhere. You will hear the fear in people’s voices as they try to make sense of what is happening to them. You will see people lost and confused. You will see people jumping from this life off the cliff named Suicide.
Guess what? Not only has Jesus saved you and brought you out of this terrifying world of doom and gloom, but He has strategically placed you in this world’s wreckage to be a hero to those smoldering souls all around you. Where there is the wreckage of sin and guilt – Jesus gives us grace and forgiveness to disperse. Where there is the wreckage of no future – Jesus gives us eternal futures to disperse. Our motivation to go and rescue stems from the One who came and rescued us; or as Martin Luther so wonderfully put it many years ago: “Lord Jesus, you are my righteousness; I am your sin. You became what you were not and made me to be what I was not.”
The other image of 9-11-2011 that always comes back racing to me is how the bridges were packed with people exiting the terrors of lower Manhattan and trying to find a way back to home. You know the bridge that leads to life, forgiveness, and a forever future. The name of this bridge is JESUS. Remember his words in John 5:24 “Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life.”