One Sunday morning, a car broke down in an alley behind First Christian Church in Chandler, Arizona. The driver jacked up the car and crawled underneath to work on the problem. Suddenly, members heard him scream for help. The jack had slipped, and the car had come down on top of him.
Someone shouted, “Call 911! A couple of people did so. Several of the men in the church gathered around the large car and strained to lift it off the trapped man. Nurses from the congregation were rounded up and brought to the scene. Somehow the men were able to ease the car’s weight off the man, and he was pulled free. The nurses checked him over. He was scratched and shaken up, but otherwise he was ok.
When this man’s life was in peril, people did all they could to help – risking themselves, inconveniencing themselves. Whatever was necessary to save this man, they were ready to try.
What a great illustration about life. Many lost people are in peril of losing their lives for eternity. GOD’s Word uses the word “perish.”
JESUS said in Luke 13:3, “Not at all! And you will perish, too, unless you repent of your sins and turn to God.” I Corinthians 1:18a declares, “For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing…”
Lost people are perishing. John 3:16 says, “For GOD so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”
A song of yesterday was titled “Rescue the Perishing.” The first stanza read, “Rescue the perishing, care for the dying, snatch them in pity from sin and the grave; weep o’er the erring one, lift up the fallen, tell them of JESUS the mighty to save.” The chorus said, “Rescue the perishing, care for the dying, JESUS is merciful, JESUS will save.” Sadly, for too many Christians, this was only a song they sang. They never did it – try to rescue the perishing.They just sang about it.
But, as followers of JESUS, let’s do it. Let’s rescue the perishing. Let’s share the gospel. Why? II Peter 3:9b: “GOD is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”