BY REV. ERIC HOLDEMAN
SPIRIT LAKE FELLOWSHIP CHURCH
As I sit this morning in my living room it was much like the morning of Sept. 11 2001. I had my coffee cup in hand the news was on and then special report hit the air waves, as we all watched and were horrified by the despicable acts of terrorist as they flew those high jacked airliners into the twin towers and the Pentagon.
That morning fire fighters, police officers got up and said goodbye to their loved ones and went about a normal start on their shifts that morning.
The page went out, the firefighters, first responders and police raced to the scene. Multitudes headed down toward freedom as the they climbed those stairs to attempt to rescue the stranded. There acts of bravery, laid down their lives for the cause of others.
It hits me hard, because I too am a firefighter; they inspired me to follow in their legacy. Please take a moment pray for the loved ones that lost someone that day, as they have to re-live that moment in time each September. But I think about the greatest act of self sacrifice ever in human history and his name is Jesus Christ, whom was sent by the Father as a first responder to humanity, to rescue folks from the flames of sin that surround each of us as Human beings.
Sin entered the word from the beginning of time and that sin has been passed down through every generation. Jesus is still reaching out his hand, still extending his ladder to redeem every man and women from the flames of hell itself.
Have you responded to the one that continues to stand between you and eternity? He reaching out to you saying "I am here, I love you with an everlasting love, I have a plan and a future for your life, plans to give you a hope and future."
That day in history people ask: "Where was God in all the chaos?" Jesus was there in every stair well, in every room of that building. He was with every person in the aircraft, rescuing comforting and receiving people, from every race a creed that day into eternity. He was with every fire fighter, with all E.M.S, police officers, and chaplains, he heard there individual cries and held them close.
Have you responded to the greatest first responder of all time? Have you embraced the free gift of eternal life, extended to all humanity by the way of the Cross? Jesus laid down his life for us all, was placed in a tomb, and then on the third day rose again from the greatest act of heroism -- for each and every one of us.
He paid the price with his own life, that we may live forever! Give your loved ones a hug as they go to their work places. Give our military a high five today. Give thanks to a firefighter, E,M.S personnel, and police officers give honor that is due.
Let us remember today they too are answering another page, responding to the unknown, or helping people through the worst day of their life. They answer when called with courage and selfless acts of care.
They too may lay down their own lives for others. Jesus daily responds to every call. He will meet you in your stairwell today, too.
Will you cry out to him? He will rescue you.