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October 31, 2013

By Pastor David Hull

First Baptist Church, Huntsville

Have you ever been rescued? If you have known that experience, then you know how I felt one Christmas morning.

When I was in the eighth grade our family awoke at 6 a.m. on Christmas Day to the smell of smoke and the sound of breaking glass. Our house was on fire downstairs, and we were all located on the second floor. We made our way into the freezing darkness onto a sun porch that connected to my bedroom. The fire raged just below. Calls into the darkness met with no reply as people were still “nestled all snug in their beds while visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads.” Finally my Dad jumped off the porch and ran for help. Soon fire trucks appeared to put out the fire and to rescue my mom, sister and me from the roof.

I know what it is like to be rescued. Do you? Sometimes we are in a dangerous situation where we can only be saved by trusting in the response of someone else. Maybe you have had that same experience. I hope you have, because that is what it means to know God and to become a follower of Jesus.

We cannot save ourselves from the darkness of sin. But Jesus came to rescue us by dying on the cross to take away our sins and He rose from the dead to offer this new life to us. We were rescued, plain and simple. We can’t rescue ourselves but we can choose to trust in the One who comes to rescue us. The apostle Paul said it much better than I have. In Galatians 1:3–5 he wrote, “Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to Whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.” Once again this same image is described in Colossians 1:13–14: “For He has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son He loves, in Whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.”

You can’t get out of this darkness on your own. Will you trust the One who comes to rescue you?

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