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An incredible rescue took place a couple weeks ago in Bellevue, Nebraska. Photographer Terry Ingram was out taking photos of eagles when a car flew past him and lost control while crossing railroad tracks. It struck a fire hydrant and flipped upside down in an icy pond. Terry courageously ran into the freezing water and was able to get one of the car doors open. He heard a young man say, “Get me out, it’s filling full of water.” Terry pulled all three men from that vehicle and helped drag them to shore, heroically saving their lives.
Terry said, “God puts people in places for a reason.” These men, two of whom are 19, were in desperate need when they were rescued. Similarly, God intervened when you and I were helpless to save ourselves from sin and death.
The apostle Paul wrote, “You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:6-8)
Jesus entered an “ice-cold pond” at the cross and took the punishment that you and I deserve to pay for our sins. “The punishment that brought us peace was upon Him.” (Isaiah 53:5) It was by far the most dramatic rescue of all time! Our great and awesome God came after us because He loves us so much and wanted to save us from an eternity without Him.
The critical question is this: Will you rely upon Christ’s payment for your transgressions? Simply turn away from sin and trust Jesus to forgive you. Oswald Chambers stated, “The reason it is so easy to obtain salvation is because it cost God so much.”
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Dan Delzell