No one had forecasted a shipwreckÂ as the Costa Concordia cruiseÂ ship left its port near Rome.Â Over 3000 guests on board the luxuryÂ liner were expecting a safe and enjoyableÂ trip. They looked forward to relaxation,Â delicious food and scenic stops beforeÂ returning to home port.
Whatever Captain Schettino wasÂ thinking and doing we canâ€™t be sure.Â But in January 2012, the cruise shipÂ slammed into the rocks off Giglio. WithÂ an enormous gash in its hull, the shipÂ quickly began to list and sink. The head ofÂ Costa Cruises blamed the captain for theÂ wreck because he deviated from frequentlyÂ travelled routes.
Have you ever thought of this worldÂ as a big cruise ship that slammed into aÂ massive rock somewhere along the way?Â Rivers of tears, broken hearts and homes,Â wasted lives, starving people, scandals,Â empty dreams, mundane living, anger,Â and abuse mark our world.
A colossal disaster did occur. The firstÂ man, Adam chose to deviate from theÂ God-planned route for the journey of theÂ human race. Adam slammed the shipÂ into rocks of sin when he rebelled againstÂ the Creator in the Garden of Eden. TheÂ resulting damage is still felt everywhereÂ and in all of us today. The Bible says,Â â€œTherefore…through one man sin enteredÂ the world, and death through sin, and thusÂ death spread to all men, because all sinnedâ€Â (Romans 5:12).
Most, though tragically not all, onÂ board the Costa Concordia had theÂ option of scrambling into lifeboats. It Â would have been foolish to drown outÂ the noise by turning up the music or toÂ waste time tidying up the cabins. The shipÂ was doomed. Get off! If anyone ignoredÂ realities and lingered in the luxuriousÂ rooms, that would be their choice. IfÂ someone preferred the sinking luxury linerÂ over the rescue lifeboats that too would beÂ their choice.
The 7 billion passengers on board theÂ ship of life today, have their own choiceÂ to make. We can go down with the shipÂ and perish, or climb into the rescue boatÂ that has been so graciously and generouslyÂ provided for all by God.
Read the best known verse in the BibleÂ with the additional notations. Do you seeÂ that you are given a choice?Â â€œGod so loved the world – soÂ shipwrecked and devastated by sin,Â that He willingly gave His One andÂ only begotten Son, Jesus Christ to payÂ for our sins by dying on the Cross, inÂ order to rescue perishing sinners; thatÂ whoever – no matter who the person isÂ or what the person has done believesÂ in Him, that is receives, accepts orÂ trusts Christ as their personal Saviour,Â should not perish in Hell, but haveÂ everlasting life – right now in this lifeÂ and forever in Heavenâ€ (John 3:16).Â God has given you the ability to makeÂ the choice. He has clearly providedÂ the way of escape. You must bear theÂ responsibility for the choice you make.
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