TODAY’S SIGNATURE VERSE ••• And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved. (Acts 4:12 ESV)
PRAISE & PRAYER PROMPT ••• September 11th. Like everyone who lived through that day — I know exactly where I was and what I was doing when I heard the news. My boss at the time was walking up the stairs and said, “Denise, did you hear that a plane hit the World Trade Center? Look it up. Let me know what’s going on.” I spent the rest of the day in absolute shock as the worst tragedy in my living memory unfolded, moment by horrifying moment.
My story is probably a lot like yours. It was a day that got worse by the minute. We found ourselves in the middle of an unscripted movie where the plotlines continued to escalate, and the effects were all too real. Nightmarish images bombarded our screens and papers. But of all the pictures that came out of 9/11, the one that still gets to me the most is the image of “Falling Man.”
“Falling Man” is a photo taken by Richard Drew, and it shows an unidentified man falling to his death. While his identity is unknown, it is believed he was an employee at the Windows of the World restaurant in the North Tower. He wasn’t the only person who fell (or jumped) that day, but his specific image is probably the most famous. We watched in disbelief as many jumped or fell from the towers — falling to certain death in order to escape the heat and flames of another certain death.
But I wonder about Falling Man. Who was he? What was he thinking as he fell? Was he praying? Did he believe in Jesus?
On September 11, 2001, we helplessly watched as 3000 people died. And today, we sit back and watch as countless people walk around with no hope. What are we doing about it?
On 9/11 — 343 firefighters and 60 police officers were among the casualties who rushed into the buildings in an effort to save lives. That was their job — to protect and serve. They didn’t walk off the job and claim, “This is above my pay grade.” They jumped into the battle for which they knew they might not survive.
Those who are walking among us without the hope of Jesus are as doomed as Falling Man. Jesus is the only One who can save them. But who is going to get them to Jesus?
According to Jesus Himself, the job is ours. He said in Matthew 28:19-20, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
Y’all, we need to look at the world around us and realize — we are key players in a rescue mission. This world is falling apart at the seams. The fact that the patriotic rallying cry of 2001 has dissolved in 19 short years into a divisive hot mess of political unrest should prove a point. The fact that the first responders we lauded in 2001 are now being defunded and hated even as they serve and protect should show how twisted our world is. We are a fickle, broken society, and we need a Savior.
We need Jesus.
Our nation has systematically sought to remove God, even as far back as 1962 when prayer was removed from schools. And we are seeing the consequences of a Godless society.
“Falling Man” is all around us. We can ignore him. Or show him the only hope for salvation (Acts 4:12).
On this 19th anniversary of 9/11, let us remember those who served… those who died… and the horror our nation endured on 9/11… let us remember that there are still lives in need of rescue… Let us remember what it was like when we banded together in unity… Let us remember that there are souls that need to turn to Jesus. Let’s do our part. Let’s pray. And let’s boldly declare the name of Jesus.
Today, as you pray, thank Jesus for being the one to catch us when we were falling. Thank Him that His grace reached out and rescued you. Ask the Holy Spirit to use you — to equip you and help you as you share Jesus. Ask Him to spark a revival in this world that will send people straight to the saving arms of Jesus. And pray for those who lost loved ones on this day. Ask the Holy Spirit to give them peace and comfort.
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