Emergency Evacuation Route

06/09/2010

Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life.
No one comes to the Father except through me.”
John 14:6 (NIV)

Do you have one? Are you ready for any emergency? Where are you gonna run if need be? Sitting in my friend’s hospital room, ICC (Intensive Cardiac Care) to be exact, I noticed a cross hanging on the wall outside her room. It was really a small picture on the wall showing which way we were to go to get out of there in the event of an emergency. But, from where I sat looking at it, it looked like a cross. I couldn’t help but chuckle, and I pointed it out to my friend. The ICC Unit is certainly a place where a patient needs to know where they will go in the event of an emergency…they are living an emergency every moment they are in that unit. In life, we all need to know our own personal Emergency Evacuation Route.

Jesus said, “No one comes to the Father except through me.” There’s only two safe routes out of ICC—either by getting healthy and eventually checking out through the double doors at the end of the hall, or leaving by the way of Jesus and His accomplishments on the Cross and Resurrection into eternal life. There is a third way to go, but it is not safe.

When everything goes dark…Jesus is the Light.
When all hope seems lost…Jesus helps us find it.
When all the air has been sucked out of us…Jesus is our breath.
When we need a way out…Jesus is the way!

Not all believe in God, some of those closest to us can be of differing opinions. I have to agree that it can be difficult to believe in God when someone we love is so sick. Jesus understands, that’s why He provides the way to Heaven. This world isn’t Heaven; this is a fallen place, filled with hurting people, diseases, destruction, and lots of other things that can test us to the limit of our faith. This world brings us to our knees, and while we are there we need to pray. On our knees is the only place we’ll find the help we need in the struggles we face. And from that position, we will see the miracles God has going on, and we will become a thankful people.

Back in the 1970’s, a popular saying was, “This is the first day of the rest of your life.” This is true for all of us. Why have we all been given this precious time? We need to know that the very best thing we can do with the time we have been given is to spend time with our Father, getting to know why we are here, and how best to live the life we have been given.

To start, we have to look to the Cross of Jesus Christ, knowing that no matter what emergency comes at us in life, we have a safe Evacuation Route. And then, when we have that base safely covered and we are confident in the hope of our salvation in Jesus Christ, we can follow Jesus through the rest of our days appreciating all that we have been given. Let’s not miss a minute of it! Let’s run the race of life to win the prize!