With stunning suddenness the flightÂ from New Yorkâ€™s La GuardiaÂ Airport was over. The pilot radioed to airÂ traffic controllers that he had experiencedÂ a bird strike and was declaring anÂ emergency. Flight 1549, bound forÂ Charlotte, North Carolina, was airborneÂ less than three minutes when it clearedÂ the George Washington Bridge andÂ landed with a gentle glide on the HudsonÂ River. All 155 people were safe due toÂ the experience and quick thinking of theÂ pilot, Chesley Sullenberger.
Passengers heard the bang and smelledÂ smoke. They heard the pilot telling themÂ to brace for impact. They had momentsÂ to prepare for possible death. The planeÂ stayed afloat in the cold January waters.Â Coast Guard boats, police, fire andÂ commercial ferries sped to the scene toÂ rescue the passengers who were lined upÂ on slightly submerged safety chutes. TheÂ pilot checked and double-checked thatÂ all the passengers were off the plane. HeÂ did all he could to ensure the safety ofÂ those flying with him that day. GovernorÂ David Paterson called it a miracle on theÂ Hudson.
If you had been on that flight howÂ would you have prepared for possibleÂ death? Would you have been able to callÂ on the Saviour to help you in your time ofÂ need? Do you know that your soul is rightÂ with God and ready to spend eternityÂ with Him in Heaven?
The pilot did what he could for theÂ passengers. The Lord Jesus Christ hasÂ done all that is needed for you. He leftÂ Heaven and came to earth, to a lowlyÂ manger. He was in constant communionÂ with God while living among sinnersÂ like you and me. He reached out to needyÂ people in love. He performed manyÂ miracles. He went to the cross, willinglyÂ and in obedience to God, His Father.Â At the cross, the Lord Jesus took theÂ punishment for my sins and yours, thenÂ died. Three days later, He rose again andÂ appeared to a number of people. LaterÂ He ascended back to Heaven where HeÂ intercedes for us.
All that is left for us to do is to placeÂ our trust in Him as our Saviour. He willÂ pilot our lives, helping us through bothÂ difficult and joy-filled times, and willÂ be our constant companion and faithfulÂ friend. Those who were rescued from theÂ Hudson River have another opportunityÂ to prepare for eternity if they are notÂ ready. Our Pilot, the Lord Jesus Christ,Â is calling us. He says, â€œâ€¦him that comethÂ to me I will in no wise cast outâ€ (John 6:37).
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