“Rescue is coming!”
I saw this phrase recently on a bookstore window in South Africa. It is the marketing statement this business is using for Easter this year. And as I sat and stared at this for a while, my thoughts began to wander toward the fact that “RESCUE HAS COME!”
I think we will all find ourselves at some point in life realizing that we need to be rescued. Rescued from what? Well, many things. For me, I needed to be rescued from chaos in my thoughts so that peace could have its way in my mind. I needed to be rescued from depression that weighed me down so that joy could flood my soul. I needed to be rescued from perfectionism so that purpose could gently lead me in my tasks. And the list goes on! But most of all, I needed to be rescued from the sting of death and be lead into a knowledge that I can live!! And I mean truly live forever.
What have you found that you need to be rescued from? Legalism? Addiction? Pride? Lust? Performance? People pleasing? Gossip? Anger? Fear? Shame? You fill in the blank.
In the book of Matthew, the account of Jesus entering Jerusalem at the beginning of His last week of life is recorded in chapter 21. Atop a donkey, Jesus humbly rode through the crowds of people as they shouted “Hosanna to the Son of David …Hosanna in the highest!” Hosanna means “save”. In their worship, the crowds were crying “Rescue” from their souls to the only One who could deliver on that request.
I wish I could have been there. To behold Jesus, my Rescuer, in the flesh…Awesome!
As my Savior so beautifully lived out that last week, He demonstrated that He has the power to bring life…to bring salvation…to bring rescue to all areas of a person. His submission to death on a cross will forever overwhelm me. And His resurrection power demonstrated on that third day will forever embolden me to bring His name fame.
Jesus has come to rescue us. And He rescued us so that we might live for Him.
So, let’s keep our eyes on Jesus…”who for the joy set before Him endured the cross…so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.”