DayBreaks for 5/16/18: Fuel for the Journey
From the DayBreaks archive, May 2008
On Tuesday, May 6, we visited Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral in Florida. I was there once before a number of years back, but I didn’t get my fill of it and I wanted to take my wife there ever since (well, OK, maybe I just wanted to go back!).
My favorite part of the tour is the Apollo/Saturn V center. I grew up with stars in my eyes, stories of astronauts, Mercury, Gemini, Apollo – and of course, the excitement of living through the first lunar landing and all the subsequent landings. I have always wanted to go to the moon. I don’t think that I’ll ever get the chance. And so, I vicariously experience it through the memories of the Apollo space program.
Inside the Apollo/Saturn V visitor center is a Saturn V rocket, lying on its side and supported by huge iron support brackets. It is a beast of a rocket – to this day, the largest ever assembled and the most powerful ever built. It is 363 feet in length (longer than a football field, including both end zones). The first stage held 5 huge engines that generated 7.5 million pounds of thrust. In just the two minutes that the engines on the first stage were burning, they consumed 545,000 gallons of fuel. Imagine having to pay for that at today’s gas prices (not to mention that it was a special mixture of fuel that would have been even more expensive.) Why so much fuel, why so much power? Because the fully loaded rocket weighed in at something like 6.3 million pounds, and it takes a lot of fuel to get something that big and heavy into space.
It takes a lot to get us to heaven. It’s not something that we can make, manufacture or buy. It doesn’t take huge refineries, massive tanks or great, roaring engines. What it does take is the blood of the Son of God…and as the old song goes, “There’s power in the blood.”
We also need the fuel provided by the bread of life…the very same Jesus who gave his life for us and called us into his glory.
One more thing: when the fuel on the Saturn V ran out, it was gone…kaput. And it did run out. But the power supplied by the Son is more than sufficient and will never be used up!
Revelation 7:14 (KJV) – And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
PRAYER: Jesus, thank you for the power that is in your blood to cleanse us and the power of your Spirit to keep us, and that your power never changes but is always constant. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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