quinta-feira, 26 de setembro de 2013
Their redemption , more important than the Private Ryan
In the film Saving Private Ryan , director Steven Spielberg tells the story of an American command sent to seek and to save a single soldier behind German lines in World War II . For him, other risk life and rescue detachment commander to die . In the final scene , the elderly James Ryan appears before the grave of Captain Miller , who owes his life and who was always grateful for that .
Immediately we remember the message of the Gospel and Jesus' statement in John 15:13 : " No one has greater love than this, to lay down one's life for his friends." A Christian is someone who one day recognized that Jesus Christ did just that : He died to save his life . A Christian is a person who is aware that God paid a high price for their freedom (compare 1 Corinthians 6:20 ) and He is grateful for his rescue .
At one point , however, the comparison does not fit . The reason Captain Miller seek and save Private Ryan is able to return home as soon as possible . The it does not matter who is Ryan . Interests him only to escape as soon as the hell of war .
At this point the similarity ends with Jesus Christ. The Son of God left the heavenly glory to perform a rescue mission . He lived as a man on this earth , and faced the evil , this strong enemy power that dominates the world off from God . The mission of Jesus was the salvation of men . For her, He gave everything . To carry out the will of God , He suffered a terrible death , " emptied himself , taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men: And being found in human form, he humbled himself , becoming obedient unto death, even death on a cross " ( Philippians 2:7-8 ) .
Why does the Almighty God did not annihilate the men lost ? Why did not he forced them to do good ? What impulsinou God ? Pure love . " For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son , so that everyone who believes in him should not perish , but have everlasting life . For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world , but for that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him is not judged : he that believeth not is condemned already , because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God " (John 3:16-18 ) .
God seeks each person individually . It searches for a single man to rescue him : " What do you think ? If a man have an hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away , will he not leave the ninety-nine the mountains , going to seek the one that wandered off ? " ( Matthew 18:12 ) . Accept being rescued by Jesus. Let Him take perdition , terrain dominated by the enemy , give your life to Him and have eternal security of salvation .