Give my greetings to Priscilla and Aquila, who work together with me in Christ Jesus and who risked their own lives to save my life. I am thankful to them, and all the non-Jewish churches are thankful as well.

Romans 16: 3-4

As a whole, our society doesn’t think very often about the idea of saving someone’s life.

Saving a life is an act usually reserved for movies, novels, and occasional news stories. Personally, I think that we don’t like to talk about saving lives because it forces us to examine our own lives… Have I saved anyone’s life? Is anyone’s life completely different because God put me here? Why am I worried about so many small, irrelevant things instead?

Just five days ago, the world watched the Flight 214 Asiana plane come to a fiery crash at SFO. But behind the horrible scene was a hero and a story of a woman saving lives.

“I was not thinking, but acting,” she said. “As soon as I heard ’emergency escape,’ I conducted the evacuation.”

The Veteran flight attendant Lee Yoon Hye rose to the occasion. After the crash, Lee had no way of knowing whether or not the battered plane would explode or go up in flames. That made no difference to her. She repeatedly crawled through the plan to escort confused and injured passenger—men, women, and children—to safety.

“When there was a fire, I was just thinking to extinguish it, not thinking that it’s too dangerous or ‘What am I going to do?'”

Lee said she was the last to leave the plane. And she glanced back.

She had no idea the tail had snapped off or how the plane would be nearly engulfed in flames moments after they had escaped.

Lee risked her life to help save the lives of others.

But the world needs saving every day. People are dying all around us, and not just physically. Loneliness, broken families, emotional health challenges, divorce, eating disorders, abusive relationships, sin – people are dying on the inside. The Bible has the answer to sin, and the way out of every challenge life throws our way. Real Christians are supposed to save lives every day.

Lee was able to save the people on the plan because she was trained to do so. Christians aren’t better people than anyone else in the world, but they are trained. They have the Bible – the answer to death and the power to save lives.

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Two teenagers, both 16, died in the crash. The rest who were on board escaped: 305 of them.

 

For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.
Luke 19:10