“I owe my life to husband’s sacrifice, says survivor who was given last life jacket,” said the newspaper headline on an article about a French woman who lived through the catastrophe.
Nicole Servel, 61, recalled how “He said to me ‘jump, jump’. And as I don’t know how to swim, he gave me his life jacket.” The body of her husband, Francis, was later found in the wreckage, one of more than 30 people who died after the boat ran aground along the Italian coast, then keeled over.
Consider these facts about Mrs. Servel’s sad, amazing story:
1. She was in serious danger;
2. She was incapable of escaping that danger;
3. If someone had not come to her rescue, she would have died, and;
4. That rescuer gave up his life for her.
Why did this hit me so hard? Because it’s the story of the Christian faith. Ponder these points:
1. Even though it’s not obvious to most of us, you and I are in danger – in danger of losing our eternal lives because of the wrong things we do and the right things we fail to do. Because we reject the guidance of our creator.
2. You and I are incapable of escaping that danger. Despite my efforts, I’m still selfish, conceited, uncommunicative, and reluctant to truly care for God’s people and His creation.
My struggles are shared by all humanity, no matter how “good” some of us appear to be. Even Mother Teresa knew she couldn’t save herself. That’s one reason she turned to God.
3. If someone doesn’t come to our rescue – to make up for the shortcomings you and I can’t fix on our own – then we’re doomed to lose our eternal place with God. That “someone” is Jesus.
Looking for evidence? If you give the Bible any credibility, consider this excerpt, from one of the four accounts of Jesus’ life: “God loved the world so much that He gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him would not be lost, but have eternal life.”
4. Jesus gave up His life for me and for everyone else who wants to be rescued and is willing to follow Him. His death on a cross made up for our wrongs and His resurrection paved the way for us to have eternal life. Here’s more Bible evidence, from a section called Hebrews: “Jesus offered one sacrifice, once and for all, when He offered Himself.”
One man’s sacrifice has let Nicole Servel continue living this life. But the sacrifice of another man can let Nicole and anyone else who believes in and follows Him have life, with God, forever.
What do you think? Agree or disagree, post a comment and let’s have a conversation.