The Red River churns its restless way through Winnipeg, Canada. It meets the Assiniboine River at The Forks so it is especially tumultuous at that point. An off-duty police officer was beside the river on a very hot August day. With his ability to pay attention to detail, he noticed a man struggling in the water. Because of the churning waters, the police officer could not rescue the drowning man but he alerted the captain of a nearby water taxi.
All river service captains are trained in water rescue. The taxi captain, with the few passengers on board, went to rescue the distressed man. In the heat of the day and with the exertion of throwing a life preserver and using a rescue hook to aid the drowning man, the captain suffered a heart attack. He was lying on the floor of the taxi, unable to help himself or anyone else. The passengers alerted the Winnipeg Police Water Patrol Boat. They came to assist and were able to take the taxi captain to meet medical help at a nearby dock.
The captain survived; however, the man in the water disappeared beneath the waves and was lost.
We are in need of rescue too. Because of sin in our lives, we are lost, perishing sinners who cannot be in God’s presence. “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us” (1 John 1:8). We need a saviour. Our saviour needs to be living and capable of saving us. The Lord Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son, lived a perfect, sinless life. He went to the cross of Calvary and bore God’s punishment on our behalf. He was the only One who was able to take our punishment. “Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under Heaven given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).
The Lord Jesus Christ died, then rose again after three days. He is alive and calls to each one to come. “Come to Me, all you who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28). Any person who calls out for rescue, will be saved. He is a Saviour who is capable of saving any who will come to Him. Trust in the Lord Jesus while there is time. Don’t delay!
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