Think of the most thrilling rescues of our lifetime.
In 2009, US Airways Captain
‘Sully’ Sullenberger made an emergency landing in the Hudson River saving all
In 1987, 18-month-old “Baby Jessica” McClure was rescued after being trapped 22 feet underground for 58 hours in the eight-inch pipe of an abandoned well.
In 1970, NASA orchestrated the intense rescue of the three Apollo 13 astronauts after an explosion nearly depleted their oxygen and dismantled the electrical systems on their way to the moon.
In 2005, thousands of Coast Guardsman selflessly rescued 33,545 lives from drowning in New Orleans during the aftermath of Cat 5 hurricane Katrina.
In 2010, 33 Chilean miners trapped 2300 ft underground were dramatically rescued after 69 days!
In 2018 it took 17 days to find and extricate 12 lost boys and their soccer coach from an underwater cave in Thailand. Of all the great rescues in history, none is so breathtaking as God’s rescue of us. Our desperately sinful state required an unequaled rescue. And the birth of Jesus set in motion the final piece of God’s rescue plan from eternity past. This baby in the manger was given the name, JESUS (Yahshuah), which means GOD RESCUES. Without Christmas, there would be no Easter, and without Easter, there would be no rescue. Jesus is not the reason for the season… Our sin is the reason the Father sent Jesus to rescue us!
At Christmas, we celebrate GOD’S GLORIOUS RESCUE PLAN that was…
Perfectly timed “But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman” Gal 4:4 “For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.” Rom 5:6
Courageously sacrificial “Jesus gave Himself for our sins so that He might rescue us from this present age.”
Graciously effective “We were dead in our sin He made us alive with Christ…by grace you have been saved.”
Joyously celebrated “My son was dead and has come to life…was lost and is found. They began to celebrate.”
And what will be your response to His rescue of your life? Praise? Worship? Thanksgiving? Quiet reflection? Or perhaps serving others with a glad reckless joy to honor Jesus! Oh how we beg you to look past the presents, parties, decorations, food, family, friends and fun in order to recognize the Father’s massively gracious rescue operation to save your life and bring you to Himself forever!
For he has RESCUED us from the kingdom of darkness and
transferred us into the Kingdom of his dear Son, who
purchased our freedom and forgave our sins. Col 1:13-14
He RESCUED me, because He delighted in me. Psalm 18:19