Who is your Pilot?

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With stunning suddenness the flight from New York’s La Guardia Airport was over. The pilot radioed to air traffic controllers that he had experienced a bird strike and was declaring an emergency. Flight 1549, bound for Charlotte, North Carolina, was airborne less than three minutes when it cleared the George Washington Bridge and landed with a gentle glide on the Hudson River. All 155 people were safe due to the experience and quick thinking of the pilot, Chesley Sullenberger.

Passengers heard the bang and smelled smoke. They heard the pilot telling them to brace for impact. They had moments to prepare for possible death. The plane stayed afloat in the cold January waters. Coast Guard boats, police, fire and commercial ferries sped to the scene to rescue the passengers who were lined up on slightly submerged safety chutes. The pilot checked and double-checked that all the passengers were off the plane. He did all he could to ensure the safety of those flying with him that day. Governor David Paterson called it a miracle on the Hudson.

If you had been on that flight how would you have prepared for possible death? Would you have been able to call on the Saviour to help you in your time of need? Do you know that your soul is right with God and ready to spend eternity with Him in Heaven?

The pilot did what he could for the passengers. The Lord Jesus Christ has done all that is needed for you. He left Heaven and came to earth, to a lowly manger. He was in constant communion with God while living among sinners like you and me. He reached out to needy people in love. He performed many miracles. He went to the cross, willingly and in obedience to God, His Father. At the cross, the Lord Jesus took the punishment for my sins and yours, then died. Three days later, He rose again and appeared to a number of people. Later He ascended back to Heaven where He intercedes for us.

All that is left for us to do is to place our trust in Him as our Saviour. He will pilot our lives, helping us through both difficult and joy-filled times, and will be our constant companion and faithful friend. Those who were rescued from the Hudson River have another opportunity to prepare for eternity if they are not ready. Our Pilot, the Lord Jesus Christ, is calling us. He says, “…him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out” (John 6:37).

Be ready!

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