Fresh Start : Day 8

By January 8, 2016 March 31st, 2020 No Comments

Ben Pirtle

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Saved : the Moment When Jesus Showed Up

Have you ever wondered what it must be like to be lost at sea? Imagine awakening with an awful headache, clearing your eyes and realizing that its just you, a floating piece of debris and thousands of gallons of water. Every direction that you look is an endless view of waves and sky. That’s when it hits you that you are lost and there is nothing you can do about it. You are in desperate need of rescue.

A few years ago I was watching a news report about several NFL players, college players and a fitness instructor whose boat had capsized miles off of the Florida coast. For four days they were lost at sea. One by one they convinced themselves of their strength and tried to swim to safety. Unfortunately, they eventually all gave in to the power of the vast ocean, all but one. The young fitness instructor clung to a piece of the hull and waited. He told the reporter that he was convinced that either someone was going to come and rescue him or he was doomed. There was no saving himself.

He went on to describe the feeling that he had when he saw the rescue boat coming in the distance. The feeling that someone cared enough to seek him out and pluck him from imminent destruction was overwhelming. He was saved that day, not by his power or his skill, but by the will of a rescuer.

In Luke 19:10, the Bible says that the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost. It also says in Ephesians 2:8-9 “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God. Not of works, lest any man should boast.”

In other words, all of us are lost in our sin, much like these men were lost at sea. In every direction is destruction. Many try to “swim” to safety by being “good” and by trying to do more good than bad. Inevitably there comes a time when we realize that unless someone shows up as a rescuer, we are doomed. That someone is Jesus. He seeks out the lost people to save them. He searches to and fro looking for the lost. He loves to pluck people out of imminent death and give them eternal life.

When Jesus shows up, everything changes.

Have you stopped trying to metaphorically swim to shore?

Have you cried out, “Help me Jesus?”

He is ready to save someone today. He has saved many of you and you know the feeling of being rescued.

Lets take a moment and express gratitude to the King who left his throne to rescue us when we were lost!