The Red River churns its restlessÂ way through Winnipeg, Canada.Â It meets the Assiniboine River at TheÂ Forks so it is especially tumultuous atÂ that point. An off-duty police officerÂ was beside the river on a very hotÂ August day. With his ability to payÂ attention to detail, he noticed a manÂ struggling in the water. Because ofÂ the churning waters, the police officerÂ could not rescue the drowning manÂ but he alerted the captain of a nearbyÂ water taxi.
All river service captains are trainedÂ in water rescue. The taxi captain, withÂ the few passengers on board, went toÂ rescue the distressed man. In the heatÂ of the day and with the exertion ofÂ throwing a life preserver and using aÂ rescue hook to aid the drowning man,Â the captain suffered a heart attack.Â He was lying on the floor of the taxi,Â unable to help himself or anyone else.Â The passengers alerted the WinnipegÂ Police Water Patrol Boat. They cameÂ to assist and were able to take theÂ taxi captain to meet medical help at aÂ nearby dock.
The captain survived; however, theÂ man in the water disappeared beneathÂ the waves and was lost.
We are in need of rescue too. BecauseÂ of sin in our lives, we are lost, perishingÂ sinners who cannot be in Godâ€™s presence.Â â€œIf we say that we have no sin, weÂ deceive ourselves, and the truth is not inÂ usâ€ (1 John 1:8). We need a saviour.Â Our saviour needs to be living andÂ capable of saving us. The Lord JesusÂ Christ, Godâ€™s only begotten Son, livedÂ a perfect, sinless life. He went to theÂ cross of Calvary and bore Godâ€™s punishmentÂ on our behalf. He was the onlyÂ One who was able to take our punishment.Â â€œNor is there salvation in anyÂ other, for there is no other name underÂ Heaven given among men by which weÂ must be savedâ€ (Acts 4:12).
The Lord Jesus Christ died, thenÂ rose again after three days. He is aliveÂ and calls to each one to come. â€œComeÂ to Me, all you who labour and are heavyÂ laden, and I will give you restâ€ (MatthewÂ 11:28). Any person who calls out forÂ rescue, will be saved. He is a SaviourÂ who is capable of saving any who willÂ come to Him. Trust in the Lord JesusÂ while there is time. Donâ€™t delay!
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