Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 goes down somewhere in the China Seas or Indian Ocean and the largest Search and Rescue attempt in human history was set in motion. The Search and Rescue operation included hundreds of airplanes and ships. It included satellite imagery, highly sophisticated sonar devices and a robotic submarine.
In South Korea, a ferry sinks and a massive rescue operation took place. At one point search effort included more than 200 rescue boats, 35 aircraft, 13 fishing boats and 641 personnel, mostly coast guard and navy.
After the events of 9/11, a grim and often deadly rescue operation took place immediately after the attack and long afterwards to search for survivals of the ghastly terrorist assault. Many of the first responders climbed the staircase to their impending deaths. Hundreds of others combed through the rubble in search of survivors.
As a community dependent on those brave and selfless souls who risk life and limb to mount intensive rescue operations, we are ever so grateful for their commitment to serve those in need. Rescue operations exemplify one of humanities finest moments.
Over the course of human history, God has mounted rescue operation after rescue operation. He sent angels to rescue Lot and his family from the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. He rescued Joseph from the pit and then from false imprisonment. He sent Moses to rescue the people of Abraham from the tyranny of Pharaoh. He called upon Noah to rescue the righteous from a great flood.
Time and time again, God has been in the business of rescue. He has continually run rescue operations from His Heavenly Throne.
Eventually, God performed the mother of all rescue operations. He sent His only begotten Son to earth to rescue us from our sins. Jesus came to earth for one expressed purpose… to die so that we could be forgiven of our sins and inherit eternal life. Jesus took the wrath intended for us.
One of the things that is common among all those who have been rescued is their undying gratitude to the one(s) who rescued them. May we who have been rescued by Jesus have the gratitude worthy for who rescued us from the wrath of God.
Something to think about…