Miracle Max - Monday December 12, 2011
For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. John 3:17 NIV
The thumping of the helicopter blades filled our ears as my husband and I walked out of the hospital into the parking lot. The Life Flight chopper was delivering yet another patient in critical condition to this medical facility for treatment. I paused, watching the landing, knowing that a crew of expertly trained people was on hand ready to offer their assistance, and hopefully save a life.
Tearing up, I was reminded of our own experience just a few days earlier, when our grandson was born, oxygen deprived, and in need of immediate medical attention. Delivery room nurses and doctors helped spare his life with initial emergency assistance at our local hospital. Shortly after, he was whisked to this facility in an ambulance, where Max received state of the art care that allayed some of the ravages of his traumatic start.
People who had never met us previously (and who had no investment in us personally) poured their energy, time, and talents into rescuing our little boy. Although they were on payroll, and this was their "job," they were passionate to save and mend his life. And indeed, thanks to their valiant efforts, technology, and most of all, God's gracious help, Max's life was spared.
As I reflected on this, I couldn't help but think of Jesus. Like an EMT, He "flew in" when we were in great need-helpless in the grips of death due to our sin, and He rescued us, bringing us life, renewed and eternal. His "pay" was relationship with us, and his motivation was a passionate love driven to save.
Stonebrook Community Church
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