The Empty Life Raft

Gloucester, Massachusetts is America’s oldest seaport.  One of its main points of interest is the famous statue of a fisherman guiding his ship through a storm. It is dedicated to the more than 10,000 fishermen from Gloucester that have been lost at sea.  It is inscribed with the words from Psalm 107, “They that go down to the sea in ships.”  There are few things more disheartening than an empty life raft.  Its very name “life raft” perfectly describes its purpose.  When it arrives on shore empty it has failed its purpose.

Two thousand years ago God provided a life raft for a lost humanity.  Jesus personally died a horrible death to provide a life raft of justice and mercy for mankind.  This life raft is huge.  It is big enough for all who want in.  There will be no choosing who is worthy.   It will not be women and children first and some worthy men if there is room.  There is room enough for all.   Fortunately I can report that millions will take advantage.  Revelation 7:9 is one of my favorite verses.  It reads, “I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands.”

Can you imagine?  So many redeemed we cannot count them.  So just in case we thought we were alone in the raft it must be because we didn’t open our eyes.

Written by Roger Bothwell on January 4, 2013

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