Tuesday, January 22, 2013
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Buck Helm - yeah, that name was one light in the darkness of October 17, 1989, which was the day of a tragic San Francisco earthquake. It was the day that the whole freeway collapsed, burying scores of people. And just when the rescuers thought there was no life left to find, an engineer spotted movement under one heavily damaged section. Under there they found, still alive miraculously, Buck Helm, a 57-year-old longshoreman. Now, he had survived for four days in that rubble. It was such good news, and I think that's why we felt so sad when word came four weeks later that Buck Helm had died suddenly in the hospital. He was rescued, but he was lost. We can't always hang onto what we save.
I'm Ron Hutchcraft and I want to have A Word With You today about "He's Never Lost a Rescue."
Now, our word for today from the Word of God comes from John 10. I'll begin reading at verse 27. "My sheep (Jesus is talking here) listen to My voice. I know them and they follow Me. I give them eternal life and they shall never perish. No one can snatch them out of My hand. My Father who has given them to Me is greater than all. No one can snatch them out of My Father's hand. I and the Father are one."
Well, we learned in San Francisco, and we've learned over and over again that any physical rescue is temporary. Anyone who is rescued now, well is certainly going to die someday - sooner or later. When Jesus talks about His sheep, though, He's talking about those He has rescued from eternal death. And it was expensive for Him to do that. Earlier in the chapter He says, "I am the Good Shepherd, and the Good Shepherd lays down his life for His sheep." "I'll die for my sheep." Jesus said that, and Jesus did it. He did it for you.
Those who have come to Christ to have their sins forgiven because of what He did for them on the cross become His sheep at that point. And what He's saying here, "Those that He rescues, He will never lose." Once He's saved them, they will never die. It's eternal life! "No one can take them out of My hand," He says.
Now, I asked Jesus into my heart at an early age, and I found myself often saying, "Jesus, in case you're not there, would You come in? I'm going to accept You again, and then I'm going to accept You again. I'm going to accept You again." Actually, I didn't need to do that. There's only one rescue. Once you've asked Christ to come into your life, He's there; He's there to stay. At that point, saving faith takes my eternity out of my hand and places it into Jesus' hands. Then He keeps His people in His family.
Sometimes we're close to Him, and sometimes we drift far away. Sometimes we're obedient, and sometimes we're disobedient. But we're always His child. Is that an excuse for sinning? No, it's a motive for obeying. Besides, if you're really reborn, you may get away from Him for a little while. But you can't stay away. And if you do and you can, you're probably just proving you never really were reborn in the first place.
When a little child starts to run out into the street...as, you know, they've been walking along with Dad's hand holding on, he'll start to run away, but he'll find out that he is saved. That truck's bearing down, the traffic's coming, but he's saved; not because he's holding onto his father's hand. That's when he finds out that his father's holding onto his. That's why your relationship with Christ is safe and eternal, because He holds you.
Maybe you've never opened up to that love for yourself and been to that cross where He died for you and said, "For me." Why not let today be the day you begin that relationship with Him that will be your one anchor in an otherwise insecure world? Go to YoursForLife.net and we'll show you how.
For you - for those you love - isn't it great to know that Christ rescues you from the death sentence of sin, and that He has never lost a rescue?