DayBreaks for 04/15/11 – Titanic and the Cross
From the DayBreaks archive, 4/9/1998:
1522 people dead, frozen in frigid waters. Not even 11 Academy Awards can make up for even one of the souls of those who were lost. Yet the Titanic was the biggest and brassiest vessel to sail the sea. Over 100,000 watched the launch from the shore. She represented the new age of scientific optimism and to many was the symbol that Utopia was about to be found in the relatively new century. The people responsible for the Titanic boasted that “even God Himself could not sink this ship.”
God doesn’t react well to such displays of human arrogance. He didn’t in the days of Nimrod when men decided to build a tower and invade God’s sovereign territory, He didn’t react well to it in 1912, and He doesn’t today. He is not about to share His sovereignty with the tinker-toy towers and the pathetic boats that men build. Many in her day saw different symbols in the giant ship. Some, indeed, claimed that she was the modern incarnation of the tower of Babel. They saw God’s unwillingness to allow an invincible machine as a lesson to not seek salvation through technology. Many saw the boasts of the builders and promoters as a direct challenge to the Creator of heaven and earth.
Yet, as is the case always, where human sinfulness and pride was at its greatest, God’s grace was even greater. The examples of courage during the sinking comforted and inspired many. With only a very few exceptions, the men aboard the Titanic willing gave up space on lifeboats so women and children could be saved, putting into practice Jesus’ own words: “Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.” (John 15:13) As a result, one of Titanic’s greatest ironies is that she became a symbol of duty and faith. The policy of ‘women and children first’ led to a 9-to-1 death ratio of men to women.
In 1996 another boat sank off the shores of Indonesia. Like Titanic, hundreds died. Like Titanic, there weren’t enough life boats. But unlike Titanic, in this sinking, men were given precedence over women and children and women and children died as men saved themselves.
God’s principle is this: the groom dies for the bride, the strong suffer for the weak, and the highest expression of love is to give your life for another. This ‘dying for another’ may be literal – or it may be dying to your own will and desire for rest and comfort to spend your life to serve someone.
Who will you die for today?
PRAYER: Lord Jesus, glory to you for your grace towards us and the fact that the King died for the peasants! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
COPYRIGHT 2011, Galen C. Dalrymple ><}}}”>
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