Last Words on Mt. Everest

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It was Shriya Shah-Klorfine’s lifelong dream to reach the summit of the planet’s tallest peak. For two years she prepared for her climb. Carrying a 20 kg backpack, she ran 19 km a day on trails and hills near her home. She also took karate, cardiovascular exercises and rock climbing seriously. In 2012, with her lifelong goal in sight, she mortgaged her home to raise money to cover the costs of her expedition.

It must have been an exhilarating moment when Shriya reached the summit of Mt. Everest, but tragedy was soon to strike. The mountain was crowded with climbers, causing delays in the dangerous region known as the ‘death zone’. The delay, coupled with a sudden storm and trouble with her oxygen supply, took its toll on the 33 year old Canadian climber. On her descent, just 250 metres from Camp Four, Shriya perished. Her last words, “Save me,” headlined news stories around the world. She had realized that she wouldn’t make it unless someone else was able to save her.

In a spiritual context, those same two words “save me” have great significance. Totally unrelated to this story, but relevant to people on the spiritual journey of life, this cry for help makes the difference between perishing and being saved spiritually. Tragically, many well-intentioned people add up the positives in their lives, hoping they outweigh the negatives. They factor in their religion, their acts of charity and their deeds of kindness. Connecting all the dots, their lives seem to be pointing upwards and they are hopeful of reaching the summit – Heaven.

The reality is no one can successfully reach the summit alone. Sin has disqualified and fundamentally compromised the ability of anyone on earth to be accepted by God based on their own ability or their own record. God’s Word is unmistakable. All have sinned and all, without exception, fall below God’s standard of righteousness (Romans 3:23).

Have you realized that spiritually you are perishing because of your sins? Romans 6:23 says: “The wages of sin is death.” If you linger too long in your sins in the ‘death zone’, you will perish. There is no reason why your story should have a tragic ending. Your immediate response should be: “If that’s the reality, then I need to be saved. Lord, save me!” Not only is the Lord near to save you from your sins and from going to a lost Hell, but He wants to save you; and better still, He is able.

Could the Lord Jesus Christ have expressed His love for you in stronger terms than by dying on the cross and taking the punishment that you deserve?

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